The nation's Bootleg Fire is continuing to grow. While it's the biggest, it's also at least 80 large fires in 13 states. The smoke can be seen across the country, including Iowa. Government officials have been tracking the air quality, which has continued to worsen for some areas this week.

Typically, upper-level wildfire smoke stays, well, in the upper-levels of the atmosphere. This time, because the conditions have been just right, the smoke has mixed with lower levels of the atmosphere.

Obviously, smoke in the air leads to poor air quality, so keep an eye on the forecast. Today in the Quad Cities, the air quality is rated at "Unhealthy for sensitive groups," according to AirNow.gov.

AirNow.gov's map shows the thickness of the smoke, and you can see the jet streams carrying the smoke from the fires out west, up through Canada, and down straight through our listening area.

AirNow.gov
AirNow.gov

Some listeners sent us their photos of the sun through the haze of the smoke, giving it a red color.

Michael McGuinty
Justin Taylor
Christina Rogers
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