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Northwest fires send smoke to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) People across Utah are sounding off about their cough. A lot of people are complaining about having a hard time breathing.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) People across Utah are sounding off about their cough. A lot of people are complaining about having a hard time breathing.

Believe it or not, the haze is smoke from fires hundreds of miles away.

Friday you could hardly see the mountains from the Salt Lake Valley.

With a cold front that came through Utah Thursday, the winds have shifted. That shift sent smoke from fires in Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington right into Utah.

Another problem – allergies. It’s that time of year weeds and mold are especially bothersome.

But Allergy Specialist Dr. Kay Walker says the biggest problem though -- is pollution.

“This pollution comes from our cars, it comes from our factories,” said Dr. Walker. “We need to work very hard to get this under control. It's affecting people now. It's affecting their lungs. It's causing increased asthma attacks.”

The best thing to do when it is smoky outside, avoid excessive physical activity outdoors.

“It is particularly hard on the elderly and very young,” said Dr. Walker.

Utah is already shifting some of the smoky air out of the region and the air will clear out quite a bit by Sunday.

 

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