Smoke is visible from a fire near Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island in a Saturday

Smoke is visible from a fire near Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island in a Saturday

Wildfires prompt Vancouver air quality advisory

Haze of wildfire smoke triggers air quality advisory in Metro Vancouver

  • Jul. 5, 2015 11:00 a.m.

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – An air quality advisory has been issued for Metro Vancouver

The region’s air quality department says high concentrations of fine particulate matter have been detected from wildfires burning in the surrounding area.

People with chronic medical conditions are advised to forego strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.

People with diabetes, lung disease or heart disease are especially at risk, as well as young children and the elderly.

The department says staying either inside or in air-conditioned spaces can reduce exposure to air particulates.

The advisory is expected to remain in effect until the weather changes.