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Saskatchewan forest fire smoke extends deep into United States

06/30/2015 06:58 EDT | Updated 06/30/2016 05:59 EDT
Smoke from northern Saskatchewan and Alberta forest fires is causing a haze over a large part of the United States. 

This has some American media outlets blaming Canada for the "smoky haze" that turned the sun into a "pale orange ball in the sky." 

An Indianapolis Star story ran with this headline: "Haze over Indianapolis? Blame Canada." While the Chicago Tribune went with: "Blame Canada for smoky haze." And the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Journal Gazette wrote: "Blame Canada: Orange tint of sun created by wildfires." 

National Weather Service forecasters said Tuesday that smoke from wildfires is blowing as far south as Tennessee. A thick band of smoke extends through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

There are more than 100 wildfires burning in Saskatchewan, forcing more than 3,000 people to evacuate several northern communities. 

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