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Canadian Wildfire Smoke Reaches Midwest

August 20, 2018 - 8:03 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - We've been hearing a lot about the California wildfires, but it's wildfires burning in Canada that are impacting the skies around St. Louis.

Smoke from fires in Alberta and Saskatchewan have reached the northern and central parts of Missouri and Illinois. National Weather Service Meteorologist Lewis Kanofski says you may have noticed it over the weekend.

 “Anyone who’s outside looking around probably noticed the haziness, the smoky color to the sky, or they might have noticed the redder or [more] orange sunrises and sunsets. What that is is it’s filtering the light that’s reaching us and that can make temperatures a little cooler than they might have been otherwise, depending on how think the smoke is,” he says.

Kanofski says even with the smoke, it's still not safe to look directly at the sun. There is also a possibility that smoke in the upper atmosphere could impact those with breathing issues.