Sechelt wildfire smoke hovers over Metro Vancouver (PHOTOS)

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Smoke and haze from a large wildfire 60 kilometres northwest of Vancouver is hovering over the region, contributing to deteriorating air quality conditions.

High winds have caused the Sechelt wildfire to grow from just five acres on Wednesday to nearly 90 acres by Friday evening. Two helicopters, two water bombers and ground crews have been deployed to combat the fire, but little progress has been made with containing the fire.

Approximately 20 residences near the blaze are on evacuation alert.

Over 100 wildfires are currently burning across the province. Tinder dry conditions and the continued forecast of hot and dry weather prompted provincial officials yesterday to issue a complete province-wide ban on all campfires, fireworks and open burning.

On the same day, the fire danger rating in Vancouver, including Stanley Park, was upgraded to ‘extreme’.

Haze and smoke over Metro Vancouver

#vancouver #Vancitybuzz #sunset#English bay#beachday #city #Canada #superhot #clean #westend A photo posted by Trish Kovarik (@queentrish13) on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source of smoke: the Sechelt fire

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