August 8, 2014 1:07 pm

More hazy skies over Toronto due to fires in NWT

Smoke from wildfires in the Northwest Territories descend through northern Ontario down to southern Ontario making for some hazy skies in the province.

Natural Resources Canada

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.

READ MORE: Drought Hill fire grows to 30 hectares as fire danger remains high in B.C.

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.

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.

This map of “hotspots” across Canada show areas where fires are burning or likely to burn.

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