Photos: Orange sun and shrouded sunset as wildfire smoke blankets Calgary

Air Quality Index briefly reaches high risk before dropping back to moderate after dusk

Wildfire smoke lent a muted glow over a group of outigger canoeists at the Glenmore Reservoir on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Environment Canada steadily increased their air quality index ranking from low risk in the morning to high risk at sunset as winds blew smoke into the city. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Wildfire smoke blown in from south of the border blanketed Calgary on Wednesday.

Yesterday evening, Environment Canada rated the air quality as high risk. By 10 p.m. the rating dropped back down to moderate risk where it had been rated for most of the day.

Environment Canada’s forecast for Thursday’s air quality was five on a 10 point scale indicating moderate risk. At 10 a.m. the risk was at three – or low risk.

According to the Calgary Regional Airshed Zone, Calgary had 434 hours of moderate air quality risk from July 1 to Sept. 30. It also had 77 hours of high risk and zero hours of very high risk. The vast majority of hours were low risk.

A group of kayakers convenes on Glenmore Reservoir on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Environment Canada steadily increased their air quality index ranking from low risk in the morning to high risk at sunset as winds blew smoke into the city. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Migratory birds took flight, turning the placid waters of the Glenmore Reservoir into trails of waves on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. The birds took off en masse after canoes approached the west end of the reservoir. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Wildfire smoke lends a muted glow to Glenmore Park on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. The smoke made it impossible to see the mountains past the Weaselhead Flats environmental park. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Outrigger canoeists made their way through the area that separates the Elbow River and the Glenmore Reservoir on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A man stops to take a photo along the paved trails at Glenmore Park on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Smoke gave the evening a warm orange glow when looking towards the sun. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Sun dipped behind a cloud, sending a brilliant display of red and orange rays briefly over Glenmore Park on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
With the Sun dipped behind a cloud, the silver lining becomes an orange and red trail over a smoky Glenmore Park on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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