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Smoke from wildfires in Southwest brings haze to Wichita

The haze that has clouded Wichita for much of the day is smoke bring brought to southern Kansas from huge wildfires burning in the southwestern U.S., meteorologists said.

The smoke has given the sky a brown-yellow hue, and it’s expected to linger much of the afternoon.

“It’s almost florescent,” said Kevin Darmofal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

The smoke has climbed into the upper levels of the atmosphere – at more than 20,000 feet – and the jet stream has brought it northeast to the southern half of Kansas, he said.