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Environment Canada Has Issued A "Special Air Quality Statement" In Eastern Provinces Because Of Wildfire Smoke From B.C.

2018 has been a historic year for wildfires in North America.

Dozens of blazes continue to ravage the countryside and communities in the western United States and Canada.

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Of perhaps more far-reaching concern, however, is the massive amount of smoke that now plagues areas around the fire. In some places in Canada, air quality is among the worst in the world.

People in eastern Canada have been largely unaffected by the fires and smoke.

But tonight a huge cloud of smoke from the West is covering the skies in eastern provinces.

The smoke has travelled across the continent in the high atmosphere and is now producing "hazy skies and a reddish sun" in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, according to Evironment Canada.

As of 5:30pm, the agency contines to issue an air quality advisory for the entirety of those three provinces.

The smoke is fortunately not expected to affect air quality.

So far, Quebec is exempt from the air quality advisory. Though the counties in New Brunswick along the Quebec border all fall under the announcement from Environment Canada, so it's possible some Quebec residents could view smoke in the distance. 

Environment Canada posts live updates as conditions change so stay tuned.

As the fires in the West persist, more smoke may be visible in Eastern Canada in the near future.


    Thomas MacDonald
    Senior Editor
    Thomas MacDonald is a Senior Editor for MTL Blog focused on Montreal public transit and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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