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Wildfire smoke turns day into night in northern Alberta: ‘I’ve never seen smoke this thick’

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WATCH ABOVE: Wildfires in British Columbia are resulting in thick smoke and evacuation alerts in that province. As Fletcher Kent reports, the hundreds of blazes are now having quite an impact on Alberta too – Aug 17, 2018

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.

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Wildfire smoke creates eerily dar and hazy conditions in Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation – Aug 17, 2018

READ MORE: More B.C. wildfire smoke prompts Alberta-wide air quality advisory

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A photo shows the view at Wapiti Liquid Gas Plant at around 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Courtesy/Bailey Corbiere
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A photo shows the view at Wapiti Liquid Gas Plant at around 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Courtesy/Bailey Corbiere
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A photo shows the view at Wapiti Liquid Gas Plant at around 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Courtesy/Bailey Corbiere

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.

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A photo shows the view southwest of Grande Prairie at around noon on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Courtesy/Adam Landru
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A photo shows the view southwest of Grande Prairie at around noon on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Courtesy/Adam Landru
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A photo of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Courtesy/Clarisse Brown
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A photo taken at around 1 p.m. in Valleyview on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Courtesy/Andrew Warwick
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A photo of Valleyview as seen on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Courtesy/Gage Wells

READ MORE: B.C. wildfires map 2018: Current location of wildfires around the province

Other photos show smoke-filled skies near Wembley, roughly 25 kilometres west of Grande Prairie.

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A photo shows the view near Debolt on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Contributed
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A photo shows the view near Wembley on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Courtesy/Megan Bulford
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A photo shows the view of Sexsmith at around 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Contributed

A similar situation played out in Grande Prairie Friday morning as the smoke prevented residents from seeing the sun.

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“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.”

READ MORE: Wildfire smoke is so thick in Prince George, it looks like night after the sun has risen

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

RELATED: B.C. declares provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

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.

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Smoke from B.C. wildfires results in pitch-black conditions in northwest Alberta – Aug 17, 2018

-with files from Amy Judd

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