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Smoke from Canadian wildfires to reach Western Pennsylvania

Brian C. Rittmeyer
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A radar image shows smoke from wildfires in Canada over Michigan on Sunday, July 7, 2019. The smoke is expected to reach the Pittsburgh area Monday afternoon, July 8, 2019.

Smoke from wildfires in western Canada was expected to reach Western Pennsylvania on Monday afternoon and hang around for a day or two, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Myranda Fullerton.

The smoke showed up on weather radar over Michigan on Sunday.

Wildfires burning in Alberta have destroyed more than 700,000 acres of land. More than 11,000 people have been forced to evacuate, according to ClickOnDetroit.

National Weather Service meteorologists initially did not think the smoke would reach Western Pennsylvania, but that changed. It was expected to reach northern Pennsylvania counties including Mercer, Venango and Forest by noon, Fullerton said.

The skies will get hazy or milky as a result. The smoke is not expected to have any other significant impacts, aloft or at ground level, she said.

“We’re not anticipating any concerns from this,” she said. “It’s just something interesting.”

The smoke could be present for a day or so before changes in the atmosphere clears it out, Fullerton said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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