Some of you may have noticed the smell of smoke in the air this morning from the fires in the Interior. Here are some resource you can use to find out about fires and smoke that may affect us.
And remember, if you see a fire call 9-1-1 immediately - even a fire that seems to have been extinguished can sometimes continue to smoulder, for example underground or inside a tree trunk, and reignite later.
The wildfire smoke forecast service FireSmoke.ca. They have high resolution, interactive forecasts of hourly, daily average and daily maximum concentrations of PM2.5 smoke particles at ground level from wildfires. These forecasts showy how smoke is affecting the region, and can help you know what to expect in terms of smoke for up to 2 days ahead.
The BC Wildfire Service website has an interactive map of active fires in British Columbia, a mobile app, and other useful information.
BC air quality health index and forecast website (our forecast area is northeast Metro Vancouver). They also has have an interactive map that shows current measurements of specific pollutants at individual weather stations.
Sign up to receive alerts for emergencies specific to the City of Burnaby. The city's new Alertable public alerting system sends out notifications by app, email, text (SMS) or phone call. This system is used for evacuation orders, severe weather, natural disasters, industrial hazards, other emergencies with the potential to impact many citizens.
example of wildfire smoke forecast map from FIreSmoke.ca