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California wildfires causing hazy skies in Northeast Ohio, NWS says

Posted at 6:29 PM, Sep 09, 2020

CLEVELAND — About two dozen wildfires are burning in California right now, and nearly 2.3 million acres have burned already this year, setting a state record.

The fires are so widespread that smoke from them has reached the Midwest, and are the reason for the hazy, gray conditions in Northeast Ohio Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

It is unknown how long the gray skies will stick around.

While it is hazy and gray in Ohio, the wildfires created some eerie glowing skies in California, including the Bay Area.

All national forests in California closed Wednesday as the state continues to see “explosive growth of fires throughout” the state.

Forest Service closes all national forests in California amid 'historic' fire conditions
A member of the Laguna Hotshots, out of the Cleveland National Forest, monitors flames caused by the Creek Fire, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Big Creek, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

More than 140 people had to be rescued from the path of the Creek Fire this week, some were hikers and campers trapped without a way to escape the rapidly spreading flames.

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