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Weather Service: Blame Siberia for last night’s red sunset…

Last night’s Boise sunset featured a sullenly glowing red sun, looking more like a Los Angeles sunset than an Idaho one. Here’s a news item from the Associated Press suggesting the cause was far-off fires in Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The National Weather Service says wildfires in Siberia are to blame for haze hanging over much of the Pacific Northwest, giving sunsets a red hue. Forecasters in Portland expect the smoke to dissipate Monday, which is expected to be another warm and sunny day. Large fires burning in Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, were started by farmers burning the grass in their fields. They spread out of control because of strong winds, killing more than a dozen people and destroying hundreds of homes.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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