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Shifting winds are being blamed for blanketing Greater Victoria in a thick, acrid smoke on Wednesday night.

The Government of Canada’s Air Quality Health Index for Victoria/Saanich and the West Shore was 10+, or very high at 9 p.m.

Langford Fire Rescue advised the public that there are no fires in the West Shore, and the heavy smoke was due to the wind shifting.

Saanich Fire also reported receiving several calls about the heavy smoke.

There are no new fires burning anywhere on the South Island according to the BC Wildfire Map.

“The smoke is so thick in Victoria tonight, it smells like the neighbour’s house is on fire,” said one person on social media.

“Holy smoke in Victoria tonight! It is like we are camping!.” said another.

Much of Vancouver Island remains under a smoky skies bulletin caused by smoke from hundreds of wildfires burning across B.C.

The smoke is forecast to clear out somewhat overnight into Thursday.

Ben O'Hara