- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some North Dakota residents woke up to a smoky haze as wildfires continue to devastate parts of the western U.S. and Canada.

The Bismarck National Weather Service reports that smoke concentration will hover for most of Wednesday reducing air quality and visibility.

Meteorologist Patrick Ayd tells KQDJ noticeable relief will come with rain in the coming days.

Wildfires are chewing across dried-out Western forests and grassland. More than 47,000 wildfires have burned more than 8 million acres across the country, with much of the devastation in California, Oregon and Montana.

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