October 26, 2021

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Wildfire smoke could once again fill BC’s south coast skies

Wildfire smoke could once again fill BC's south coast skies

Residents on the south coast of BC have been treated to unusually warm weather and clear skies so far this week. But that may change soon.

Much of California’s wildfires continue to erupt, with large amounts of smoke being produced into the sun by Wednesday.

CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstoff said smoke was currently moving towards the Pacific Ocean, but in the middle of the week, winds are expected to pull in part over BC.

“The high pressure we have now helps lock in those fine particles,” Wagstoff said.

“It’s hard to say how long it will be sticky, but be prepared for the cloudy skies in the second half of our week.”

BC is expected to see warmer weather records this year, with temperatures hovering five to 15 degrees above normal, but Wagstaff said if we get enough smoke, those temperatures will drop.

The province is already experiencing a heavy smoke season due to wildfires along the US West Coast.

Wildfires in California

The Northern California wine country was on fire again Monday after strong winds erupted in the already burned area, destroying homes and issuing evacuation orders for nearly 70,000 people.

The so-called Glass Fire engulfs the Glass Mountain Inn on Sunday. (Noah Berger / The Associated Press)

During this year’s historic U.S. fire season, more than 8,100 California wildfires killed 29 people, burned 14,970 square kilometers and destroyed 7,000 buildings.

Most of the damage occurred after dry lightning strikes in mid-August.

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