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Smoke Makes B.C. Look Like Another Planet

The photos are other-worldly.

Almost 200 devastating wildfires are burning in British Columbia, which has seen an extended heat wave and dry spell. The intense smoke has drifted across the province, and even into other parts of Canada and the U.S.

B.C. crews are fighting more than 180 fires in the tinder-dry province.
B.C. Wildfire Management Branch
Smoke from the fires has turned the sky into eerie shades of orange and grey.
Jim Lawrence
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Madeline Ell
Madeline Ell
The smoke has drifted to Metro Vancouver and other regions where an air quality advisory
Cheryl Smith
Beijing? Nope, that's Vancouver.
Ken Stewart/Instagram
Particulate matter was measured at 144 µg/m3 in Beijing on Monday compared to 112 µg/m3 in Burnaby, a Vancouver suburb.
People are resorting to unique ways to avoid the smog.
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You can see all the smoke from space.
NOAA Viz Lab
This beautiful view from Squamish...
Rachel Irene
... now looks like this.
Rachel Irene
The effect is far-reaching.
NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team
Smoke from the B.C. blazes (as well as from Alaska and Saskatchewan wildfires) is creating hazy skies over the Great Lakes and central Canada/U.S.
Sending best wishes to the crews out there.
B.C. Wildfire Management Branch
A logger was killed fighting a forest fire on the Sunshine Coast, underscoring the dangerous work crews are facing.

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