Downtown Victoria before smoke and during smoke (Left: Itkasanmages Right: @jspvisuals/Instagram)

It wasn’t that long ago when you could go outside and look to the blue sky or out at the horizon and enjoy a pristine view of Greater Victoria.

Now, 458 wildfires raging across British Columbia have left the air clouded in smoke, obscuring the landscape and turning the act of taking a breath into a health risk. The B.C. declared provincial state of emergency, and Harbour Air has even been forced to cancel flights due to poor visibility.

To paint a, um… clearer picture of just how bad things are right now, we’ve put together some photos comparing Victoria locations before and after the smoke rolled in.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before the weather works in the province’s favour and some rain comes down to put the fires out.

A new hashtag is also being used for this smoky August: #smogust

Split rock lookout on the Malahat (Jesse Gibson)

Clear skies vs smoky skies from Mount Tolmie 👀

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Langford Lake before and during the smoke 💨 Photos by @railynglover #victoriabuzz

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Posted by Julie Kristine on Thursday, August 16, 2018

Posted by Jen Craigen on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Downtown Victoria (Shawna T Nova)

Elk Lake:



Dallas Road


Dallas road~ Victoria, British Columbia Canada. #paragliding #Dallasroad #ridgesoaring

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Another odd smokey day. #yyj #vancouverisland #forestfires

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Inner Harbour downtown



Mount Doug



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