Wildfire Causing Hazy Sky in Twin Cities

Updated: 07/20/2014 2:29 PM
Created: 07/20/2014 10:43 AM
By: Megan Stewart

Pushed by howling, erratic winds, a massive wildfire in north-central Washington State has been growing rapidly and burning in new directions.

The winds have also carried smoke from the fire across the county. The result is a foggy haze, which could be seen in the Minnesota sky over the weekend.

KSTP meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas says beyond the clouds, the sky has taken on a frosted look due to particles blowing 15,000 to 20,000 feet above the metro.

Despite their obvious visibility, the particles aren't harmful to Minnesota residents, Yuhas says.

In addition to the haze, some people may even be able to smell the smoke at times, Yuhas says.

Others have seen sunsets that are red in color. This is because sun rays are bent by the smoke particles, Yuhas says.

Yuhas says the haze could be gone by Wednesday.

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Barron; Chippewa; Dunn; Eau Claire; Polk; Rusk; St. Croix
Expires: 11/23/2014 12:00 PM

Minneapolis/St. Paul

44° | 25°
  • Feels like: 46° F
  • Wind: S 7mph
  • Humidity: 90%
  • Mon Windy with morning snow showers
    25° | 7°
  • Tue More sun than clouds
    24° | 12°
  • Wed Snow showers early
    20° | 6°
  • Thu Mostly sunny
    16° | 10°