Wildfires spark air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley

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      Looking down the Fraser Valley this past weekend, it sure looked smoggy.

      Now an air quality advisory has been posted for Metro Vancouver and theĀ Fraser Valley Regional District.

      According to a Metro Vancouver news release issued today (August 12), the credit goes to "high concentrations of fine particulate matter, primarily due to smoke from wildfires outside our region".

      Metro Vancouver advises:

      Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and 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.

      Rain is expected to bring the advisory to an end on Wednesday (August 13).