- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Northern Plains region is once again in for some smoky skies.

Forest fires in the Pacific Northwest are producing a tremendous amount of smoke, and it’s blowing east, National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Abeling told KQDJ radio (https://bit.ly/1Jvln5P ).

“It causes the skies to look a little hazy, it causes the red sunsets,” he said. “When the smoke gets dense enough then it does cause some air quality problems, and for people that are sensitive it certainly can cause some health problems.”

People who have asthma or allergies can be particularly susceptible, according to health officials.

Air quality will be affected in Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas beginning late Friday until the fires are under control, according to Abeling.

“The wildfires are so widespread across Washington, into Idaho, Oregon, and the air flow from the west to the east is bringing a lot of that smoke across the Rocky Mountains into the Northern Plains,” he said.

Smoke from forest fires in Canada blanketed the region for more than a week earlier this summer.

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Information from: KQDJ, https://www.newsdakota.com/kqdj-1400am/


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