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Surreal, apocalyptic images posted as wildfires darken skies across B.C.

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Smoke from wildfires turned the sky a deep red in Vernon, B.C. and darkened skies in parts of the province over the weekend, as more evacuations were ordered in the Okanagan region of British Columbia – Aug 16, 2021

With 268 wildfires burning across B.C., thick smoke and ash appears to have turned day into night in many areas.

Residents are posting unearthly, apocalyptic images of dark orange skies in the middle of the day, after hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes.

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The remains of a classic car is seen on a property destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, August 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.
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Thick smoke fills the air and nearly blocks out the sun as a property destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire is seen in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, August 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.
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Thick smoke fills the air and nearly blocks out the sun as a property destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire is seen in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, August 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.

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Thick smoke from the White Rock Lake wildfire fills the air and nearly blocks out the sun just after 3 p.m. as a motorist travels on Highway 97 in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, August 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.
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Thick smoke from wildfires fills the air as motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway in Savona, B.C., on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.

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The air quality in the Interior was off the charts Monday, at a 10 plus.

This means anyone who has underlying health conditions should avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also avoid outdoor physical exertion.

Everyone should reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, especially if they experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

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