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Smoke, hazy skies to clear soon

May 22, 2023, 8:04 AM

(Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)...

(Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY— Wildfire smoke from Canada is still lingering along the Wasatch Front, but it does have an expiration date.

KSL Meteorologist Matt Johnson said a low-pressure system coming from the Pacific Coast will help push that smoke back to the north, giving Utahns better air quality through most of the work week.

Johnson said there is a chance the smoke returns this weekend, but it’s only a slight possibility at this point.

The smoke started making its way into Utah on Friday, as winds blew it south from Alberta, where millions of acres of land have been scorched by wildfires.

According to the KSL Air Quality Network, most stations along the Wasatch Front were in the moderate air quality range as of Monday morning.

If you get symptoms from the smoky skies, consider wearing an N-95 mask when you go outside.

Officials also encourage staying in, leaving windows closed and using air filters inside.

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