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Here’s why smoke may be drifting into Whatcom County

A peat bog fire has burned about 193 acres of wilderness in Delta, B.C. No air quality advisories have been issued for Whatcom County.
A peat bog fire has burned about 193 acres of wilderness in Delta, B.C. No air quality advisories have been issued for Whatcom County. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A peat bog fire in Delta, B.C., that sent large columns of smoke over the lower mainland this week has been contained, and no air-quality advisories have been issued for Whatcom County.

About 193 acres of the massive Burns Bog, one of North America’s largest peat bogs, has been burning since July 3. The smoky fire closed Highway 17 for three days and forced dozens of nearby businesses to close temporarily.

The last major fire at Burns Bog, in September 2005, took more than a week to extinguish.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, B.C. officials said.

Eliza Olson, the founder of the Burns Bog Conservation Society, told CBC News that about 90 percent of the peat bog is expected to regenerate in the coming years, but it could take a century before the entire area recovers from the fire.

The bog fire is about 10 miles north of Point Roberts.

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