The shelter-in-place order for the fire in Squamish was lifted Friday (April 17) morning for Squamish as the air had cleared but please be aware that conditions could change throughout the day. The BC Ministry of Environment and Vancouver Coastal Health Environmental Health Officers are in the area today, doing mobile air quality testing to determine if there are any residual issues of concern.
The dock that burned is made of creosote pilings, a common wood preservative, which is also used on many telephone poles and railroad ties. The surface deck is constructed of laminated wood products and asphalt.
The potential health risk resulting from the fire last night would be an irritation to the lungs from smoke exposure,
Anyone who experiences difficulty breathing, particularly those with underlying lung problems such as asthma or emphysema, should seek medical attention.