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Valley Hit With One-Two Punch Of Heat Wave, Smoke

If record-breaking heat wasn’t making life miserable enough in Cache Valley and around the region, the week’s end brought a thick layer of smoke that put air monitors well into the red zone.

Although two wildfires are burning in western Box Elder County, the vast majority of the smoke is coming from an epic outbreak of lightning-caused fires this week in California. According to a report in The New York Times, more than 550 fires covering 771,000 acres were overwhelming fire-control crews and forcing widespread evacuations Friday afternoon. The state has seen about 12,000 lightning strikes in a period of just a couple of days. Read the rest of the article on HJnews.com.


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting patnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.