With most of the province blanketed in a haze of wildfire smoke, it’s sometimes nearly impossible to see the sun these days.
When it does emerge, the angry red ball of fire in the sky is a presence that cannot be ignored – especially during sunrise and sunset.
As of 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Environment Canada issued a blanket special air quality statement for all of Vancouver Island and the southern mainland.
This means the wildfire smoke poses health hazards for people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals.
While the air outside is a potent reminder of the dangerous situation unfolding across the province, it also makes for some stunning visuals: