(Photo by Doug Clement Photography)

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:

🔥sunset over Vancouver Island Photo by @gordontolman #victoriabuzz

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Nobody is happy with the smoke! Sunset at Flemming Beach Park, Esquimalt.

Posted by Daniel Rondeau on Monday, August 13, 2018

Last night's smokey sunset in North Saanich. The sun completely disappeared due to the thick haze 20 mins before the actual set in the horizon. Conan Chee Photography

Posted by Conan Chee on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Smokey sunset at the breakwater 🌅Photo by Gary Quinn

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Monday, August 13, 2018