Why is it smoky in Utah? Because of wildfires in Western states, National Weather Service says

It could be a few days before the smoke clears out, according to forecasters.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Traffic moves along I-15 in Salt Lake City on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

The sky looked smoky Saturday in the Beehive State because of wildfires in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington, according to the National Weather Service.

Utah’s air quality was forecasted to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as those with asthma and heart disease, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

There may be more smoke in Utah and the surrounding area over the next few days, the National Weather Service said.

It will be hot and dry Saturday and Sunday across eastern Utah and western Colorado, with elevated fire danger across the southern parts of the states, the National Weather Service said.