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Forest fires may start affecting FSJ air quality

Air quality may become affected in Fort St. John because of the wildfires ravaging B.C.

The Ministry of the Environment has been tracking smoke movement across the province and across borders.

The forecast shows that a shift in winds could begin to blow the smoke in the direction of the City over the next day, says Dennis Fudge, air quality meteorologist with the Ministry.

However, Fudge adds that by Sunday, the winds could shift again ensuring the City doesn’t get the brunt that other cities have been experiencing.

He says it’s difficult to predict what type of smoke problems will affect an area over a period of a few days since it can depend on if a particular forest fire flares up and the shifting direction of wind.

So far, Fort St. John has only experienced one day in which the sky was noticeably hazy which the Prince George Fire Centre attributed to the fires burning in the Cariboo Region.

The Ministry issues air quality advisories if the average amount of particulates in the air is over 25 micrograms per m3 in a 24 hour period.

The amount of particulate in the City is still under this amount however Fudge says parts of the province are currently experiencing amounts of 180 micrograms per m3.

The provinces forest fires have even caused ash to fall from the sky in parts of the province, including Prince George, as approximately 75,000 hectares of forest have burned over the last day.

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