Western wildfires causing smoky skies in W MI

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Hazy skies have been prevalent across West Michigan as dozens of fires burn in the western United States and Canada, and the smoke is being seen in nearly all 48 lower states.

The fires covering 1.8 million acres are concentrated in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Vibrant red sunrises and sunsets and reduced air quality are the most noticeable results of the fires. Hazy daytime conditions have also been documented all across the United States.

The forecast calls for intense particulate matter and aerosols from the smoke to continue, but the skies may clear a bit Thursday because of rain and also on Friday, at least temporarily as a cold front clears the air a bit.

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