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Thick haze blankets Metro Vancouver sky Sunday morning

Residents across Metro Vancouver and other parts of B.C. woke to the sight of a strange haze in the sky Sunday morning. Casey Mielnichuk ‏

Residents across Metro Vancouver and other parts of B.C. woke to the sight of a thick haze in the sky Sunday morning as the province’s wildfire season continues to escalate.

An air quality advisory was issued later in the day as a result.

READ MORE: Air quality advisory issued for Metro Vancouver and Sunshine Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says the haze is a product of smoke from B.C.’s interior blowing out to the coast.

“Usually on the coast, we get the winds that blow from the ocean to the interior. Last night and today, they switched around and smoke and ash from fires in the interior are blowing out to the coast,” said Donna MacPherson of the Coastal Fire Centre.

“Some places, that smoke has piled up pretty thick. We’re here in Parksville and we’ve got  an orange sky.”

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They are warning residents to be extra cautious today as the wind is bringing extremely dry air to the region, which increases the risk of fire.

The Surrey Fire Department said they ahd to bring in an extra dispatcher to answer calls about smoky haze. They are asking residents to not call 911 unless there is a true emergency and they can actually see a column of smoke.

PHOTOS: Hazy skies in Vancouver and other parts of B.C.

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Residents across Metro Vancouver and other parts of B.C. woke to the sight of a strange haze in the sky Sunday morning. Chester Ptasinski
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Islandview Beach on Vancouver Island. Christian Rasmussen Photography
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There was a strange haze in the sky in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. @hshsuhshsu
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The haze in Esquimalt. Meg Richfield
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There was a strange haze in the sky in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. @hshsuhshsu
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The top of Mt. Tolmie in Victoria. Angela Brunwald
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The view from Yaletown Sunday morning. @
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The haze in Squamish. Quinn Schneider
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The view from Courtenay. Kira Gebauer
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The view from English Bay. Anika Victoria Friesen
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The view from the Langdale ferry terminal near Gibsons. Michelle Lessy
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The haze in Sechelt. Kary Movers Ltd.
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A view of the haze in Vancouver. VPD Marine Unit

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