B.C. mail halted amid U.S. wildfires

Mail service was paused in parts of British Columbia this September as smoke from the California wildfires spread across the continent into northern and eastern Canada, leaving behind an ominous hazy glow.

On Sept. 14, with the Vancouver sky full of smoke, Canada Post suspended service in several regions in central and southern British Columbia.

Delivery resumed once the air quality improved several days – and in some places a full week – later.


On Sept. 15, from his home in Ontario, astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted a picture of the sunrise peering “through California smoke,” something he called a sign of our “connected world.”

Since the beginning of this year, about 8,000 wildfires have burned more than 3.6 million acres of land across the state.

On Sept. 14, CBC News reported Vancouver and the U.S. cities of Portland and Seattle had the worst air quality in the world for the second consecutive day according to the global air-quality index IQAir.

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