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we're booked for a few days hiking in the Whistler area this weekend but can move our arrangements to monday onward if smoke remains a problem.

Looking for local insights on the smoke situation there now. Whistler webcams look quite nasty.

Appreciate any input

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Whistler today is literally the worst possible place (that records data) in BC in terms of air quality: http://www.bcairquality.ca/readings/

It appears to be so bad that it is actually off the charts with a last score of 11.
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Whistler today is literally the worst possible place (that records data) in BC in terms of air quality: http://www.bcairquality.ca/readings/

It appears to be so bad that it is actually off the charts with a last score of 11.
righto... yuck.... yeah, looks bloody awful. Thx for the feedback

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http://www.bcairquality.ca/readings/ Holy guacamole Currently @ 35 ?!!?!
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http://www.bcairquality.ca/readings/ Holy guacamole Currently @ 35 ?!!?!
Crap, that's horrible. Anyone with asthma or other breathing issues would find that brutal

We are on the sunshine coast where it rained ash on us this past weekend from a local fire. Air is very good now at sea level in Gibsons but it is smoky up high on the hills. Not at all enjoyable to hike in

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It shows pm25 at 270+ ug/m3 - crazy high. Beijing is only ~200 right now. It must be a nasty weather combo that is holding it all there. The weak inflow winds pushing the smoke out of squamish must be trapping it in whistler?
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Multiple fires in Pemberton area continue to burn:

http://globalnews.ca/news/2093016/mu...row-overnight/
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Multiple fires in Pemberton area continue to burn:

http://globalnews.ca/news/2093016/mu...row-overnight/

This is totally horrendous.....

So much of the forests, so many people impacted. And pollution levels worse than China.

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It shows pm25 at 270+ ug/m3 - crazy high. Beijing is only ~200 right now. It must be a nasty weather combo that is holding it all there. The weak inflow winds pushing the smoke out of squamish must be trapping it in whistler?
a very strong atmospheric inversion is causing the trapping of smoke in the sea-to-sky

Tragic that so many of these fires have been human caused. Police suspect the major fire near Sechelt was the result of idiots running about the backwoods discharging their firearms. Nice job, lads ... pop your little pea shooters and cause catastrophic fire, atmospheric wreckage, habitat dislocation and the death of a faller involved in the firefighting operation.

I hope they get caught and I hope they are charged with manslaughter.

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Thanks for that.... once I saw your post i checked the Whistler webcams and for sure. things do seem to be improving from an air quality perspective

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Thanks for that.... once I saw your post i checked the Whistler webcams and for sure. things do seem to be improving from an air quality perspective
Down to 8 from a high of 11 yesterday, 6 forecast for tomorrow, at the moment.
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What is it normally at?, and where are you reading these levels? I couldn't find a basic number reference?
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What is it normally at?, and where are you reading these levels? I couldn't find a basic number reference?
http://www.bcairquality.ca/readings/index.html
http://airquality.ca/clients/Whistler/index.php
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Thanks the first link is pretty handy and easy to read


What do we normally hike in though? on average 3's ?
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