(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

With over 600 wildfires in British Columbia, the province is under a cloud of smoke. No single fire can be attributed to climate change; however, the overall increase in fires year after year certainly can be. Forests in the province have been particularly dry in recent years due to a rise in temperatures and decrease in summer precipitation. The climate change related pine beetle infestation that devastated the pine trees in BC, which accounted for a significant portion of the forests in the province, has left dead trees standing or lying that ignite quickly in a forest fire. Many people residing in BC believe that this is the new norm for summers in the province. . . . #nature #environment #conservation #conservationphotography #victoriabuzz #conservationphotography #canadiangeographic #canon #natgeoyourshot #sookebc

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