Chilliwack FC monitoring air quality as U.S. wildfires send smoke to B.C.

Sports organizations that train outdoors need to watch the air quality index carefully

Sports organizations that practice outside are keeping a close eye on the skies, hoping smoke from a United States wildfire doesn’t impact air quality in Chilliwack.

An advisory was issued Tuesday for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley related to wildfires burning in Washington State and Idaho.

In a Facebook post Tuesday night, Chilliwack FC addressed the issue.

READ MORE: Smoky skies from U.S. wildfires impact Lower Mainland for a second day

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“We are actively monitoring the air quality surrounding the fields and facilities we use. When the Air Quality Health Index is at 4 to 6 (moderate risk) level, holding practices and games are at each coach’s discretion. Should the AQHI be assessed at 7+ (high risk), all practices and games will be cancelled by the club.”

As of 11:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, the AQHI was showing a reading of nearly five.

The local soccer club implemented an air quality policy in 2017 after a particularly bad wildfire season caused heavy smoke to settle in and affect training sessions and games.


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