(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:

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Smokey sunset at the breakwater 🌅Photo by Gary Quinn

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Monday, August 13, 2018

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