Wildfire smoke means air quality advisory still in effect for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley

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      An air quality advisory remains in effect for the Lower Mainland because of smoke from B.C. forest fires.

      "Metro Vancouver is continuing an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter, due to smoke from wildfires outside our region.  More favourable wind conditions have resulted in air quality improvements overnight but wildfire smoke remains in the region and in surrounding areas," a Metro Vancouver news release issued today (July 7) states.

      "Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous activities until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

      "This advisory is expected to continue until there is a change in the current weather."

      Wildfire smoke advisories are also in effect for the Sea to Sky corridor and the Sunshine Coast.

      "People with heart or lung conditions may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke and should watch for any change in symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure," Vancouver Coastal Health says in a July 6 update on its website.

      "If any symptoms are noted, affected individuals should take steps to reduce their exposure to smoke and if necessary see their physician."