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"Most of the haziness we're seeing is just this residual smoke".

The Air Quality Index Tuesday was 190 (parts of the city climbed to 220) and Wednesday was still 185.

Environment Canada said the index for Calgary was calculated as a 10 - very high risk - at 4 a.m., but it had dropped to 7 - high risk - by 8 a.m.

As of today, August 21, Vancouver had been under an air quality advisory for more than a week with more advisories expected. This means many coastal communities, including Victoria, saw a significant air quality improvement Thursday morning.

There are now 563 wildfires burning in British Columbia, which last week declared a province-wide state of emergency and brought in 300 soldiers to help almost 3,400 firefighters, including from Australia, Mexico and New Zealand, battle the flames. "Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk".

"We are concerned that this may well be the new normal", commented British Columbia Premier John Horgan while touring his province's north with Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan.

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League spokesman Brian McCarthy declined comment Friday and reiterated his statement Thursday night, saying "constructive" discussions are ongoing with the union.

Spokane may soon get a reprieve from the lingering haze of wildfire smoke, but it's likely to be short-lived.

Officials have said roughly 3,000 B.C. residents are under evacuation orders and thousands more are on alert as crews work to manage hundreds of intense fires across the province.

"Come Friday morning, I think you'll wake up to quite an obscure and smoke-filled valley again", said MacDonald.

"It seems to be that we're going to be smoked in for another two or three days here", Tower told CTV News Channel on Tuesday, from a camp near Shovel Lake.

Canadian Armed Forces troops have been deployed to B.C. during the floods and wildfires this year, as well as for fires in 2017. One broke out in the afternoon near the West Vancouver waterfront, while another brought firefighters to an area near a university campus in Abbotsford a few hours later.


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