Haze from wildfires might drift to Sioux Falls

Haze from wildfires might drift to Sioux Falls

21 August 2007

published by www.argusleader.com

Forest fires in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming could send a noticeable haze across the state today, possibly all the way to Sioux Falls.

A forecasting model on the Web site of the national Air Resources Laboratory indicates the smoke plume could cover the state by this morning.

Mike Fuhs, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sioux Falls, said it’s not uncommon for faraway fires to send smoke here in late summer, when the jet stream often dips south.

People with asthma or other respiratory conditions might want to be cautious about spending time outdoors today, he said, but that is less likely to occur East River compared to West River.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources monitors air quality in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and other locations.

Recent data are available here: www.state.sd.us/denr/DES/

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