Wildfire smoke forecast for August 2, 2021

Wildfire smoke clouding the skies

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The air quality and visibility over the weekend was noticeably affected by particulates in forest fire smoke traveling across the landscape, and will likely be present in the region into Wednesday afternoon.

The BlueSky Canada interactive online visual tool shows an animated forecast of wildfire smoke as it’s expected to behave over the next 2 days in specific geographic regions. According to the website, Cortes Island and surrounding area have been experiencing an elevated PM2.5 rating, colour-coded to represent a range of 10-28 micrograms per meter cubed (µg/m3). These elevated levels nevertheless do not cross the threshold considered unsafe during a 24-hour period by Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards.

The large cloud of smoke from the interior is predicted to start clearing by early afternoon on Monday. However, the closest fire situated roughly 45 kilometers north of Powell River will likely send more smoke our way as wind direction changes. This fire, which is under control, has an estimated size of 7 hectares and was discovered on June 27. Its approximate location is stated as Daniels River. 

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, August 1, there were 244 active fires across the province, according to the BC Wildfire Dashboard. Seven were new as of this week, and 6 of those had been added to the total since noon on Sunday. A small fire of less than 0.01 hectares was briefly shown on Vancouver Island between Qualicum Bay and Qualicum Beach on Sunday afternoon, however it was no longer being reported by the evening. There were no other fires on Vancouver Island.

The vehicle which started a fire on the Brewster Lake FSR. The blaze was extinguished by RCMP and nearby campers – photo courtesy Campbell started River RCMP

In a news bulletin released on Friday, July 30, Campbell River RCMP detailed a vehicle fire that had spread to the forest in the vicinity.

“This was the third incident of a vehicle fire on Forest Service Roads in as many weeks in the Campbell River area.” 

Links of Interest

Wildfire smoke forecast for August 2, 2021 – Screenshot from Smoke Forecast.ca

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