Finger on the Weather

Flint Hills range burning gives Wichita a hazy hue

A thin haze of smoke hung over Wichita on Tuesday evening. (April 11, 2017)
A thin haze of smoke hung over Wichita on Tuesday evening. (April 11, 2017) The Wichita Eagle

Wichita has taken on a hazy look Tuesday night, thanks to ranchers burning pastures in the Flint Hills.

Light winds out of the east and southeast have carried the smoke into the metropolitan area, turning the twilight hours orange.

The haze and reduced visibility are expected to persist through 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The smoke has prompted several reports of house fires to 911 in Sedgwick County by callers not knowing the source of the haze.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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