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B.C. wildfires: what you need to know

07/06/2015 11:00 EDT | Updated 07/06/2016 05:59 EDT
Wildfire updates:

There were about 180 wildfires burning across B.C., as of Sunday evening.

The provincial wildfire management branch posts updates on the largest fires here.

Campfire bans and fire danger ratings are also posted by the branch

Air quality updates:

The forest fires north of Whistler have triggered Environment Canada air quality advisories for Metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and the south and east coasts of Vancouver Island.

"Winds will shift to an onshore flow so that cleaner marine air should move in from the west today," according to Environment Canada.

An air quality advisory is also in place for the Fort St. John area in Northern B.C.

The province also publishes air quailty readings for specific cities and regions on the B.C. Air Quality website

Evacuation alerts and warnings:

The forest fires have triggered evacuation alerts and warnings in several parts of B.C., including the East and Central Kootenay regions, Port Alberni District, and the Squamish District.

The latest updates can be found on the province's EmergencyInfoBC website.

Travel restrictions:

Smoke from the fires forced the cancellation of Harbour Air float plane flights out of Vancouver Harbour on Monday morning.

There were no flight cancellations reported at Vancouver International Airport or by Helijet on Monday morning.

Updates on highway closures are also posted on the DriveBC website by the Ministry of Transportation.

Water restrictions:

Several regions have issued water restrictions, including Metro Vancouver which has limited lawn watering to one day a week only, because of the drought conditions caused by the hot, dry weather and the low snowpack condition in the mountains. 

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