There is still a bit of smoke haze in the air over east central Alberta, as there has been for the last several days, off and on.
 
"There's a few good point sources in through the central interior (of BC) with the active fires," explained Environment Canada meteorologist Kirk Torneby. "It's kind of swirling around some smoke, it's coming across the mountains but there's also a number of active fires in Montana and Idaho too that are contributing to it."
 
"We've had big fire years in the boreal forests like Fort McMurray and the Northwest Territories (and) it took a lot more wind up in the atmosphere to push it down to southern Alberta," he elaborated. "The fires are closer by, if you will, and the atmosphere is being very warm and dry over the southern part, which has allowed it to trap that smoke more than previous years."
 
A media report out of Calgary said the city has endured 27 days of smoky haze since July 8, the most since 1969. So, will it last?
 
"Well, it looks like in the short term it's here for a few days," replied Torneby. "A change in the weather this weekend might allow that smoke to clear out for a few days before it starts to push across the Rockies again into next week."

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