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How and when a wall of supercharged smoke arrived in Utah

Posted at 5:38 PM, Aug 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-07 00:30:54-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The wall of smoke that swept into northern Utah Friday morning arrived so suddenly, FOX 13's phones were flooded with callers wondering what was burning nearby.

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The answer: Nothing... unless you consider California and west-central Idaho nearby.

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Utah had the usual unhealthy haze from California fires already, then swirling winds moved into a pattern that circled that recycled smoke up through Wyoming, Montana and down through Idaho where several massive fires turned the usual into something very unusual.