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Extreme Weather Delivering High Heat, Dirty Air To Valley

Metro Phoenix endured another double hit with a high pollution advisory, along with an excessive heat warning for much of Tuesday.

The haze is something normally seen in the winter months during the inversion period when clouds trap a week's worth of vehicle fumes.

But meteorologist Chris Breckenridge with the National Weather Service said this time it's "due largely to some smoke that's moved in from wildfires, partly in California."

As of Tuesday before noon, federal wildfire maps showed at least three forest fires near Los Angeles had burned nearly 20,000 acres of wildland, with only one nearly contained.

"And, there's also some smoke from a fire in Northern Gila County drifting actually down towards the south," Breckenridge added, referring to the Bears Fire, which has burned more than 6,500 acres along the Tonto National Forest.

With heat at record highs and smoke aloft, Breckenridge advised valley residents with breathing difficulties to avoid outside activity until the air is expected to clear later in the day.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.