A veil of smoke from forest fires across the province has covered Vancouver this morning, blocking out the sun and painting the sky orange and grey. There are dozens of fires in BC, with 17 major fires of note. Smoke is flowing out from inland origins but also from the west, from Sechelt and Port Hardy fires. Across the province, 180 fires in total are currently burning.
It's like an eclipse over Sechelt. Street lights still on at 8am as forest fire smoke blocks out sun. pic.twitter.com/UemhyhWL4U
— Duane Burnett (@DuaneBurnett) July 5, 2015
Forest-fire smoke over Howe Sound, from the Sechelt fire, like a sci-fi novel cover. pic.twitter.com/ubSKTFjaT8
— Tim Bray (@timbray) July 5, 2015
This timelapse by François Péladeau shows the sun disappearing, barely revealing itself at sunrise:
I walked around the Coal Harbour Sea Wall at around 8:00am and took a few photos with my phone to capture the eerily dark morning:
Fire information officers say 134 of the 180 fires have been started by lightning strikes, which is unusually high for this time of year. [Source: CBC]