Smoky Skies in Rapid City from Canadian Fires - KOTA Territory News

Smoky Skies in Rapid City from Canadian Fires

 Intense fires far to the north in Canada are creating the smoky skies in KOTA Territory. The strong northwest winds are bringing the smoke as far south as northern Nebraska, so far. This link to the NOAA Satellite and Information Service will show the latest extent of the smoke.

There were 132 new fires in Canada as of June 25, 2014, according to the Canadian Wildland Fire Situation report. Ten of these fires were uncontrolled and very high to extreme fire danger continues in much of British Columbia and the Northwest Territory.

Strong winds Monday, particularly in the upper atmosphere, were responsible for bring the smoke to our skies. At 10,000 feet (above sea level) winds over Rapid City were steady out of the northwest at over 55 mph. With north to northwest winds through Tuesday, we may continue to see a hazy smoke in the sky.

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