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Smoke From Far-Off Wildfires Affects Denver Air Quality

Written by Meteorologist Dave AguileraHave you noticed the hazy skies we have had around the Mile High City the last few days?

The current wind patterns are to blame.

At the moment there are over a dozen wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest. There's also a fire that has put out a bit of smoke in Western Colorado -- the Wolf Fire.

The high pressure ridge over Colorado and a Jet Stream passing over the northern Rockies is pumping smoke right into our state from the northwest.

This along with the higher ozone levels has made for poor air quality that has created unhealthy conditions for people with breathing difficulty, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The haze has made for some interesting sunrises and sunsets, though.

YouReporter Joe Danser of Denver took this photo from the southeast part of the city on Wednesday night.
Michael Smith of Westminster shared this photo Wednesday night of the "colorful red sunset." He wrote it "must have been some smoke in the air."
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