Aug. 22—Uh-oh, Canada.
National Weather Service officials said the hazy skies around Santa Fe have been caused by smoke drifting south from massive Canadian wildfires and are not the result of smaller blazes in New Mexico.
Brian Guyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said the smoke in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque area is "wildlife smoke that has circulated all around that record area of high pressure to our east and is coming from [fires in] Canada and the Pacific Northwest."
Guyer said the smoke should clear out of the region by Wednesday afternoon and conditions "will improve quite a bit."
The haze has been exacerbated by the persistent heat wave in New Mexico, a nearly summer-long phenomena. Santa Fe's temperatures Wednesday are expected to be in the high-80s, with lows in the low-60s. A forecast from the weather service says chances for rain will increase later this week, but will taper off a bit Saturday.