Intense Canadian wildfires bringing smoke, hazy skies to Ohio Valley

Air quality at the surface hasn't been affected yet, but the smoke has caused more colorful sunsets.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If you’ve noticed a hazy sky in the daytime and more colorful sunsets, it’s not because of pollen or pollution.

Smoke from Canadian wildfires is blowing southward into the United States.

Historic wildfires in Canada – particularly the Alberta province - are straining firefighters and resources.

According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, 92 separate fires are ongoing in Alberta as of May 18, with 26 of them being listed as “out of control.”

The fires are so large and numerous that over 1,000 firefighters from other provinces and the United States have been brought in to help.
Over 10,000 residents across the province have been forced to evacuate.

As of May 18, 2023, over 764,000 hectares of land have burned in Alberta – the largest since 2019 when nearly 883,500 hectares burned the entire year. This year has already seen the third-highest hectares burned since 2005.

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