SALT LAKE CITY — The smoky conditions that have blanketed northern Utah for weeks are expected to improve over the weekend.
Officials with the National Weather Service office in Salt Lake City shared the good news in a tweet Friday.
Utah's Department of Environmental Quality also reported the air quality will increase, and that current air conditions throughout most of Utah are in the moderate range. Davis, Salt Lake and Tooele counties remain in "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups."
The AQ Health Forecast shows Davis, SL and Tooele counties in the orange range today. All other monitored counties are yellow, or Moderate.— Utah DEQ (@UtahDEQ) September 10, 2021
Air quality is expected to increase throughout the weekend. pic.twitter.com/Tm4dbfMIK4
Because of out-of-state wildfires, the state's most populous areas have dealt with a constant haze sitting over northern Utah for over a month. However, with the giant Caldor Fire in California now 53% contained, there is less smoke blowing east towards Utah.
For several hours on Aug. 6, Salt Lake City had the worst air quality in the entire world. While conditions have improved slightly since mid-August, a smoky haze has consistently compromised health conditions and ruined views along the Wasatch Front.