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See it: Thick smoke from massive fire hangs over Vancouver


Caroline Floyd
Meteorologist

Friday, June 16, 2017, 8:34 PM - Residents across the region were capturing pictures of a plume of thick, black smoke that spread across southern Vancouver on Friday afternoon.

The culprit was a fire burning at a recycling facility on Mitchell Island, situated in the Fraser River between southern Vancouver and Richmond.

Richmond Fire crews reported to the scene just before 2 p.m., local time, Friday afternoon, according to a CBC News report.

A mattress recycling facility has been identified as the location of the fire, though the cause of the blaze was not immediately apparent. 

According to CBC News, no injuries have been reported, and the materials in the facility are not toxic.

The prevailing winds across Metro Vancouver on Friday afternoon were light and out of the south-southwest, allowing a large plume of smoke to be clearly visible across much of the region, even some kilometres away. At its worst, smoke from the fire caused the closure of the Knight Street Bridge, and police are still advising commuters to expect delays in travel between Vancouver and Richmond.

While downtown Vancouver reported some moderate air quality on Friday, it is unlikely that the fire is related to the readings. Readings from air quality stations closer to the blaze remained in the good category. Showers are not anticipated in the Vancouver area until Saturday evening.

Sources: CBC News |

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