The smoky skies bulletin that has been in place for much of B.C. over the last week has been removed for eastern Vancouver Island.
The Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound and Whistler also have had the bulletin lifted.
Light showers also made their across the Island Saturday morning, ending a streak of no rain lasting weeks for parts the Island and for Vancouver.
Much of the province and the rest of the Island are still under the bulletin, and experts say that much more rain would be needed to help the wildfire and drought situations.
The bulletin warns that exposure to smoke may impact individuals’ health. It also advises that people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals may experience health effects from smoke exposure.
Some on Vancouver Island are seeing an improvement in air quality with the Comox Valley, Nanaimo and Duncan sitting in a low rating — forecasted to continue Sunday.
Victoria and the West Shore are also at low sitting just under a moderate rating, and are expected to reach a moderate level Saturday, but are forecasted to return to low Sunday.
All of Vancouver Island is still under a level four, or extremely dry drought rating. The B.C. Wildfire Service also reported that 69 fires were reported to be burning on Friday on the Island.