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Wildfire season may bring worsening air quality

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SALT LAKE CITY — The arrival of wildfire season in Utah, which some worry could become worse than normal because of the drought conditions, brings another unwelcome friend: worsening air quality. 

Air quality affected by wildfire season

Smoke wafted over the Wasatch Front and the Oquirrh Mountains early Thursday from a series of wildfires in Utah. By late afternoon, the skies looked more clear over Salt Lake City, but the US Air Quality Index’s fire and smoke map showed the smoke largely shifted to the east of the Wasatch Front. 

Thursday afternoon, sensors for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality measured fine particulate matter pollution at 14.6 micrograms per cubic meter…



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