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Air quality advisory cancelled for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley

Scott Brown, Postmedia Network

Downtown Vancouver shrouded in haze from the forest fires in Vancouver, BC., July 18, 2017. (NICK PROCAYLO/PostMedia)

Downtown Vancouver shrouded in haze from the forest fires in Vancouver, BC., July 18, 2017. (NICK PROCAYLO/PostMedia)

Winds have pushed the smoke far enough away from the Lower Mainland that an air quality advisory has been cancelled for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District.

The advisory was put in effect on Tuesday due to elevated concentrations of fine particles in the air from the more 150 wildfires burning in B.C.’s Interior.

Metro Vancouver says air quality in the region has now improved as a result of stronger winds in advance of an incoming low pressure system.

If smoke from the still-active fires causes air quality to deteriorate again, Metro Vancouver says it’s likely another air quality advisory will be made.

Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fraser Valley Regional District and B.C. Ministry of Environment to look after air quality.

Information about real-time air quality readings for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley communities and potential health impacts can be found at www.airmap.ca and www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.