Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
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Whistler is open for business.
Summer is a busy season for the resort.
Over 2 million visitors come to the town
Whistler started a ski resort,
but now there are more visitors in the summer
than in the winter.
Holly Chandler is a realtor in Toronto.
She was excited about her holiday
to Whistler this summer.
She came to Whistler to mountain bike,
walk and swim.
But now she is staying indoors.
Smoke from the Elaho and Boulder Creek forest fires
is drifting to Whistler Village.
Holly compares the air quality to Beijing.
“I was there (Beijing) about 10 years ago.
Just like this. It’s crazy.
Who would have thought? You’re basically smoking.”
On Tuesday, Environment Canada warned people
with health problems to stay indoors.
The smoke is especially dangerous for babies, seniors
and people who have diabetes, lung and heart disease.
Dry, hot weather increases the danger of wildfires.
This year has been the driest summer since 2003.
Over 200 fires are burning around B.C. right now.
There have been over 950 wildfires this season.
About 2,000 people are helping to fight B.C. wildfires.
Fire crews from Ontario and Australia
have joined B.C. fire crews.
So far fighting these fires has cost B.C.
over $100 million.
Each year, about 2,000 wildfires happen in B.C.
Lightning and people cause fires.
* The average does not include the most recent year.