Prescribed burn brings smoky skies to Albuquerque

Created: 02/26/2014 6:03 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

As the sun rose this morning, folks woke up to haze. There was no escaping it.

There was layer upon layer of thick black haze. It's not uncommon to see this in the winter, but why this bad?

It's all thanks in part to two things. One of them being what is known as an inversion, which is when temperatures warm up when you go higher in elevation, essentially trapping the pollutants under that warm layer.

The other element: smoke. It came in last night due to a prescribed fire burning in the east mountains and easterly winds bringing it into the metro.

You mix the two together and you get this nasty view of our beautiful city. Some people preferred to stay inside when the black cloud rolled into town.

Conditions like these may persist as fire season begins to take shape.

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