TORONTO – Smoke from the wildfires raging on the west coast of the United States has reached Canadian provinces, where residents have shared images of the “apocalyptic” sky.
As of Tuesday afternoon, smoke from the wildfires has reportedly reached the Maritimes, leaving much of Canada’s skies with a hazy glow.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted an image of the hazy Ontario skies, where he called the phenomenon a “connected world”.
Others posted images of the sky from backyard balconies in Vancouver, camping trips, smoky mountains in Canmore, Alta. and misty sunsets in southwestern Ontario.
The town of Powell River, B.C., about 170 kilometers north of Vancouver, tweeted footage of their famous Hulks, ships used during World War II that now serve as breakwaters for the region, where the view behind the ships is completely invisible.
“(Powell River) is normally renowned for having some of the purest air in Canada,” the tweet read.
Environment Canada has issued an air quality alert for southern British Columbia and southwestern Alberta. The agency said conditions are expected to remain for the next 24 to 72 hours.
According to the US AirNow Fire and Smoke Map, air quality in the rest of Canada remains good.
Sunrise in Ontario through California smoke. Connected world. pic.twitter.com/clj8fcnGLl
– Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) 15 septembre 2020
Taken days apart, before and after photos of iconic Powell River Hulks shrouded in smoke from the American wildfires. #PowellRiver is normally renowned for having some of the purest air in Canada. #wildfires #airquality #pollution #weather [Darryl Jackson photos] pic.twitter.com/PmHnlExP88
– City of Powell River (@CityPowellRiver) September 15, 2020
Smoke in Vancouver from fires on the West Coast. Thinking of all the vulnerable people and animals, and grateful to all who try to help them evacuate and escape. pic.twitter.com/fnux5RxFhY
– Chrissannthemum (@Chrissannthemum) 15 septembre 2020
A First Nations cemetery in Alert Bay, Canada, through forest fire smoke. Ominous. pic.twitter.com/HghfbaLgRC
– Elle Wild (@ElleWild_writer) September 15, 2020
The haze from the west coast smoke reached Hamilton, Ontario. The sunset was greatly reduced, enough to be able to take photos of the sun with a zoom point & shoot without any problem. pic.twitter.com/LOQmD6cWht
– Rob Porter (@rgeraldporter) September 14, 2020
Does that smoke from the fires of the western United States give the high-altitude doomsday glow to the skies over southern Ontario today? pic.twitter.com/v4Bnc9D6ux
– Rod Regier (@regierr) September 14, 2020
Smoke from western wildfires once again swept the skies over southern Ontario this morning. pic.twitter.com/WEK62pbz3g
– Trevor Heywood (@hey_trev) 15 septembre 2020
The smoke from the WA and OR wildfires arrived in Canmore today… Stay safe, friends of the South. # forest fires2020 #alberta #canada # forest fires pic.twitter.com/rJGAk956vV
– Andy (@upheseesmedown) 14 septembre 2020
Views in Vancouver showing smoke from fires on the West Coast of the United States #TRLT pic.twitter.com/hrojNSwOai
– dogslovesushi (@MarjiStevens) September 15, 2020
Living on the same planet as climate change deniers is starting to be a bit like eating in the non-smoking section of an 80s restaurant without walls. Smoke from the west coast fires has reached southern Ontario. pic.twitter.com/Ph0cgyKTeG
– Andy Bramburger (@AlgaeBurger) September 15, 2020
western fire smoke is now in Ontario, really depressing to watch re: planet pic.twitter.com/Zc58QQvVaQ
– Infallible Retractable Portable Pee Funnel for Women (@intrnetdaughter) September 14, 2020
Hey USA you can get your smoke back none of us in Canada want it, thank you thank you pic.twitter.com/XQvyw9dweR
– Farm Fur (@ RULYGEM0097) 15 septembre 2020
As usual, station 3 is the busy station. Oh, and the smoke from #CaliforniaWildfires had reached northern Ontario. #baye du Nord pic.twitter.com/LXs0fWIH1E
– bob olajos (@BobOlajos) September 15, 2020
# Smoke # ClimateCrisis #ClimateFires #ComoxValley edition.
If those lingering toxic plumes aren’t enough to act on #PlanetaryHealth, what will it do?
If not now when?
If not you, who?
This one @courtghoward has a prescription to cure Canada, CDNs and our Mother Earth pic.twitter.com/UKaVowuwA6
– Alex Nataros (@alexnatarosMD) 15 septembre 2020