More smoke from California forest fires en route to Utah

Smoke from California and Oregon led to smoky air in northern Utah on Friday, August 6, 2021. Smoke is expected again in Utah by Sunday, August 22, 2021. Photo: Heather Kelly, KSL

SALT LAKE CITY – While recent rainstorms helped the drought conditions, there is bad news.

Additional smoke from the California forest fires is on its way to Utah. According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the smoke is said to arrive in the early hours of Sunday morning. Air pollution in the state is expected to increase until at least Monday.

The DEQ says that if you are bothered by smoke in the air, stay indoors as much as possible.

The department also suggests reducing car journeys and not using the barbecue and lawn mower.

To keep the room air fresh, one of the things the DEQ says is to turn off the sump cooler. It also suggests using air filters, closing the fresh air intake on window air conditioners, and postponing vacuuming to avoid raising dust.

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