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B.C. wildfire smoke lingers over N.S., making for some stunning sunsets and sunrises

Smoke from British Columbia wildfires continues to linger over Nova Scotia, turning the sun and moon a hazy reddish colour.

The smoke from Western Canada will likely clear by Saturday evening, says Environment Canada

A magical sunrise over Hirtle's Beach in Kingsburg, N.S. (Submitted by Betty Meredith‎)

Smoke from British Columbia wildfires continues to linger over Nova Scotia, turning the sun and moon a hazy reddish colour. 

The smoke wafted into the Maritimes on Friday and was still visible Saturday, although it's beginning to move east over the Atlantic Ocean, said Environment Canada meteorologist Brian Crenna.

Haze over horses in Greenfield, N.S., at 7:45 a.m. AT. (Submitted by Mercedes Blair)

The smoke can make for impressive sunsets and sunrises because it scatters light that isn't red, said Crenna. 

Riki Lee Christmas woke up early Saturday to capture this hazy sunrise over Eskasoni, N.S. (Submitted by Riki Lee Christmas)

"The blue and the other colours tend to move off in different directions so when you're looking at the sun directly, then you're seeing just the red stuff getting through," he said. 

The moon was cast in an orange light on Friday night. Helen Burns MacDonald captured this photo near Indian Harbour Lake, N.S. (Submitted by Helen Burns MacDonald)

He said people likely won't notice a decrease in air quality because the smoke is moving at a high altitude — between 3,000 and 6,100 metres.

The sun above Highway 242 near River Hebert at about 7 a.m. AT on Saturday. (Submitted by David Johnston)

"A tiny bit of it might peak down to the surface but not enough to notice it.… You wouldn't smell it like you might smell your neighbour's cookout next door," Crenna said. 

By Saturday morning the smoke was dissipating in New Brunswick and western Prince Edward Island and is expected to clear out of the Maritimes by the evening. 

The hazy sun rises behind the silhouette of Maggie, the horse. (Submitted by Melissa Friedman)

Environment Canada said smoke from the fires could return next week. 

The sun looked blood red near Eskasoni shortly after 7 a.m. AT on Saturday. (Submitted by Riki Lee Christmas)
Monica Burke Wicks captured the hazy light on the water in Pictou, N.S., on Friday. (Submitted by Monica Burke Wicks)

With files from Blair Sanderson

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