Wildfire Smoke Chokes the U.S. West

Smoke lingers like fog over several states


A helicopter makes a water drop amid black smoke rising from a wildfire burning in the Tujunga area of Los Angeles, seen from nearby Burbank, Calif., Friday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)


By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

The smoke from massive wildfires hangs like fog over large parts of the U.S. West, an irritating haze causing health concerns, forcing sports teams to change schedules and disrupting life from Seattle to tiny Seeley Lake, Montana.

Air quality has been rated unhealthy across the region because of blazes that show no signs of abating. Officials said Friday that one of the worst U.S. wildfire seasons in terms of land burned is likely to keep scorching Western sta


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