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Smoke from California wildfires reaches Michigan


Smoke from the devastating California wildfires has reached Michigan, but it won’t be around for long.

Authorities have more than doubled their estimates of buildings destroyed in Southern California's huge wildfire. Officials said Monday that an estimated 370 structures burned and that only 15% of their damage estimate has been completed.

The size of the fire has also increased to more than 143 square miles (370 square kilometers) and was 20% contained Monday morning.

The fire erupted last Thursday as gusty, dry Santa Ana winds picked up, and spread rapidly through communities stretching from northwest of Los Angeles to the Malibu coast.

Sara Pampreen is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Detroit. She says the jet stream is carrying the smoke from the wildfires our way.

“Smoke gets so high up in the air and the jet stream takes it up and it’s actually positioned right over us,” says Pampreen. 

Pampreen says it’s not unusual for smoke from major western wildfires to reach the Great Lakes region.  But she says changing weather fronts will move the smoke out of our region this evening. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.
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