Wildfire smoke is visible from NASA’s DSCOVR satellite, about 1.6 million kilometres away from the fires.

The thick smoke that’s blanketed much of B.C. in recent days has grounded firefighting aircraft and made it difficult to detect new wildfires, officials say.

Kyla Fraser, a public information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service, said that despite a relatively lightning-free weekend with few new fire starts, firefighters continue to be extremely busy battling about 545 wildfires.

Air quality concerns across B.C. as wildfire smoke blankets province
The smoke that’s choked the sky in many communities isn’t making things any easier for crews.

“We have had to ground aircraft in some instances just because visibility was too poor, unsafe to fly,” Fraser told CBC. “Smoky conditions also can pose a problem with detection and discovering new wildfires.”

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