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Smoke from Canadian wildfires could drift down to Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Smoke from wildfires in Canada appeared to drift down to North Florida on Tuesday, and models show them drifting south toward Central Florida by Wednesday.

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Residents in Jacksonville reported a haze in the sky Tuesday.

The smoke is so expansive that it can be seen from space.

So what will it be like locally? We asked chief meteorologist Tom Terry.

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“We’ll also see some hazy skies in Central Florida as the smoke works a bit farther south,” he said. “So far, the smoke seems content to stay several thousand feet high -- off the ground.”

He said the smoke should remain in the lower atmosphere.

“This likely won’t be smelled but rather seen in the sky as haze,” Terry said.

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Large fires in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan are expected to churn out smoke there throughout the summer and possibly into early fall, officials said.

See satellite imagery showing the drifting smoke below:

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Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly, WFTV.com

Jason Kelly joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2014. He serves as the station's Digital Executive Producer.

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