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Smoke from Canadian and U.S. wildfires have spread across the skies of many western, central, and Midwest U.S. states over the last few weeks.

The smoke may dim the sun and create colorful sunrises and sunsets. The smoke layer is primarily 10,000 to 12,000 feet above the ground.



At right is satellite imagery from the morning of August 11 showing smoke across the upper Midwest, including a thick area of smoke over most of Minnesota. 


Real-time satellite imagery animation. (May take a moment to load.)
Satellite Satellite


Here are some additional links:

More realtime satellite imagery

High resolution smoke model forecast

Air quality forecast guidance