TORONTO – The haze that has swept over northern and southern Ontario isn’t your typical summer haze due to heat and air pollution – it’s haze from fires that continue to rage in the Northwest Territories some 3,500 km away.
Once again, upper winds in our atmosphere have dipped southward, bringing with it smoke from the fires that plague the NWT and creating hazy conditions across much of Ontario.
The effect is most dramatic during the sunset or sunrises, with pale orange or red colours across the evening sky. Even the moon over Toronto had a yellowish haze Thursday night.
— Jay Callaghan (@caltek79) August 8, 2014
According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, there are currently 73 fires burning in the territory. So far to date, 354 fires have affected more than 2,850,296 hectares of forest. Across the country, about 562,000 hectares have been affected.
© Shaw Media, 2014