Smoke Large-Scale Research Project Across Western US Studying Fire Emissions By Jessica Scholz • Jul 25, 2019 Bureau of Land Management Listen Listening... / 1:34 It's fire season in Utah, and this year some Utahns may see jets flying toward fires as part of a nation-wide atmospheric study on fire emissions. As wildfires are becoming larger and more frequent across the nation, scientists are interested in the potential impacts smoke emissions may have on the atmosphere and air quality. Wildfire Smoke Moves East Into Utah Causing Poor Air Quality And Potential Health Effects By Rachel Hager • Aug 27, 2018 NOAA Listen Listening... / 1:42 Listen to the audio version of the story here. For many residents in northern Utah, our characteristic mountains are shroud in a hazy smoke. The cold front that entered on Monday brought with it northwesterly and westerly winds carrying smoke from the many fires in the western United States.