BC residents and visitors are experiencing a salient difference in air quality from the ground, but how does the province look from beyond the smoke and ash?
BC Wildfire shared a photo of how the westernmost province looks from the cosmos and it reveals a ghastly cape of smoke looming over the province.
Smoke conditions in the Kamloops Fire Centre continue to challenge #BCwildfire response. Reduced visibility inhibits the ability to detect new fires and restricts and limits the use of aircraft. The below photo is a satellite image from NASA Worldview of smoke across southern BC. pic.twitter.com/Dj2KbF4gDi— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 20, 2018
In comparison to the photo shared by BCWS, here is a photo of the same area on July 19, 2018 — exactly a month ago.
The smoke is inhibiting aviation efforts, posing challenges both in the geographic mapping of the fires as well as the suppression of fires.
Additionally, according to Environment Canada, the smoke will hover over the Kamloops Fire Centre area for the foreseeable future with some areas escaping the smog due to fluctuating wind patterns and fire characteristics.
Be safe with the smoky skies, avoid strenuous activity outdoors and prolonged exposure to the smoke.
To check how BC is changing day-by-day, visit the worldview map here.