Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Forest fire smoke finally hits Gabriola Island

Our PurpleAir network of realtime air quality monitors is starting to show the first signs of air pollution from the forest fires in the interior of BC. The air quality can change dramatically and quickly as we saw in Kamloops these past two weeks. Keep an eye on our live sensor map by clicking here. There is no provincial air quality monitoring on the island so our citizen science initiative through this non-profit is the place to go for information.



We can see the trend line going up rapidly this afternoon around 3PM.




These are the current sensor readings for a sister network in Kamloops. Anything over 25 micrograms/cubic meter for a 24 hour averaging period is considered unacceptably high.





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