Smoke all-but-obscures the White Rock pier Wednesday morning (Sept. 16), as a heron waits patiently for breakfast. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Smoke all-but-obscures the White Rock pier Wednesday morning (Sept. 16), as a heron waits patiently for breakfast. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Smoky morning in White Rock

Wildfire haze continues to hang over Semiahmoo Peninsula

Smoke from wildfires south of the border continued to hang over the Semiahmoo Peninsula Wednesday (Sept. 16), making the morning sun look like an evening moon, and all-but-obscuring White Rock’s iconic pier from view.

An air-quality advisory has been in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District since Sept. 8 due to the smoke, which is drifting north from fires in Washington and Oregon.

Metro Vancouver officials said Wednesday that while the air quality has improved slightly, ground-level smoke still remains and is expected to persist through the week.

READ MORE: Air quality improves slightly in B.C. from U.S. wildfires

Concerns with the air quality also affected mail service this week, with White Rock among several communities for which Canada Post suspended delivery services on Tuesday (Sept. 15) because of the smoke.

Other communities affected by the ‘Red service alert’ included Cloverdale, Duncan, the Okanagan Valley, Trail and New Westminster, according to a notice on Canada Post’s website.

– with files from Canadian Press



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Wednesday (Sept. 16) morning’s view of East Beach stopped well shy of the usual Peace Arch monument. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Wednesday (Sept. 16) morning’s view of East Beach stopped well shy of the usual Peace Arch monument. (Tracy Holmes photo)