A smoky skies bulletin and an air quality statement issued for Vancouver Island earlier this week have ended. The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with Island Health, lifted the smoky skies bulletin Thursday afternoon due to reduced smoke concentrations. The bulletin had originally been issued on Sunday. The air quality statement from Environment Canada that had been in effect for the entire Island also ended Thursday. The statement had been issued due to wildfire smoke from the nearly 600 wildfires burning across the province. Twenty-four new wildfires were sparked yesterday, all of them blamed on lightning. There are still air quality advisories in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Northern B.C. (Dease Lake to Fort Nelson), eastern B.C., the Central and Southern Interior and the South Coast fall under a smoky skies bulletin. Most of the province is still under an air quality statement as well.