Wildfire smoke turns day into night in northern Alberta: ‘I’ve never seen smoke this thick’
Smoke from the wildfires in B.C. are wafting across the Rockies and covering communities in northern Alberta, making it look like night instead of day.
WATCH: Smoke from the B.C. wildfires resulted in some eerily dark and hazy conditions on the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in northwestern Alberta on Friday afternoon.
Photos show an orange haze looming over one jobsite in Grande Prairie on Friday at around 12 p.m. and dark, smoky skies in Valleyview, which is approximately 110 kilometres east of Grande Prairie.
Other photos show smoke-filled skies near Wembley, roughly 25 kilometres west of Grande Prairie.
A similar situation played out in Grande Prairie Friday morning as the smoke prevented residents from seeing the sun.
“The air’s terrible. It’s gotten much, much worse today. There’s actually a layer of ash on my vehicle this morning,” said Grande Prairie resident Tyler Wold.
“I’ve never seen smoke this thick. There’s been lots of forest fire smoke that’s blown in before but I’ve never, ever seen it this bad.”
Wold described the smoke as a very thick fog.
“It’s brutal. It really blew in this afternoon. It got really thick around 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. and it just has gotten worse ever since.”
On the air quality health index scale, Grande Prairie is currently off the charts at a 10+, meaning air quality is at a very high risk level.
Despite the smoke, the Bear Creek Folk
B.C. declared a provincial state of emergency on Wednesday due to the hundreds of wildfires burning across the province.
WATCH: As B.C. grapples with a state of emergency due to the hundreds of wildfires burning in that province, parts of northwestern Alberta became extremely dark on Friday afternoon. A peace officer in Valleyview told Global News there were pitch-black conditions in that area between about 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
-with files from Amy Judd