Air quality advisories
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|Multiple regions in B.C.||Smoky Skies Bulletin (PDF)||Issued||September 20, 2023|
Advisories are updated during regular business hours.
See the latest Smoky Skies Bulletin for information about wildfire smoke and your health and links to additional resources.
For the latest updates:
- Subscribe to the Air Quality Subscription Service
- Outside regular business hours, visit Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Public Weather Alerts for B.C.
- For Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District, see Metro Vancouver’s Air Quality Data and Advisories and AirMap.ca. For subscription to air quality advisories and bulletins, use Metro Vancouver’s Air Quality and Climate Change Mailing List.
An air quality advisory is issued when pollutant concentrations approach or exceed predetermined limits, or when degraded-air-quality episodes are expected to continue or worsen.
Advisories are issued in order to:
- inform about degraded air quality
- help people make informed choices about reducing their exposure to elevated concentrations of air pollutants
- affect emission reduction actions (such as a limit on industrial emissions or wood stove use)
- provide vulnerable individuals and the general public with health advice developed by BC health agencies
The Smoky Skies Bulletin is a special type of public advisory to communicate the rapidly changing nature of wildfire smoke. It is issued when areas of the province are being impacted or have reasonable potential to be impacted by wildfire smoke within 24 to 48 hours. These bulletins are based on available pollutant concentrations information, satellite information, smoke forecast models and visual observations, and are not intended to manage local emission sources.