Fire Season 2018

California wildfire haze may lift through weekend


The hazy skies caused by smoke from wildfires burning in California could let up over the weekend. 

Satellite data shows the haze over Northern New Mexico since at least Sunday (July 29) are from a suite of fires burning in central and northern California, as well as some in Oregon and Washington, according to David Craft, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque. 

The smoke from those wildfires has mostly hit the central Rocky Mountain areas, including Colorado and Wyoming.

A high pressure system will settle over New Mexico in the coming two days, he said, which should lessen the impacts of the smoke. However, as a clockwise-rotating system moves west of the state later in the weekend, smoke could again make for dense skies with little long-range visibility.