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Smoke From California's Apple Fire Heading Toward Arizona

Smoke from the Apple Fire in California is blowing into Arizona.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson Caroline Oppleman says the smoke is not having much effect on Arizona’s air quality at this time. 

"Over the next couple of days we expect winds to shift out of the south directing any smoke from the California's wildfire to northern and western Arizona; again high up in the atmosphere which is not a concern for health impacts.”

The blaze near Beaumont and Banning has burned nearly 27,000 acres and was 7% contained as of Tuesday.

Oppleman says the smoke may cause the sky to produce a red or orange hue at times, but the smoke is forecast to remain high in the atmosphere.

The department is predicting increases in ozone and particulate matter Tuesday and is a mild risk for sensitive groups.

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Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.