It was hazy in Northwest New Jersey Monday. Here’s why.

The smoke from the devastating deadly wildfires burning in California reached parts of our area on Monday morning.

Gary Szatkowski, former head of the National Weather Service Mount Holly office, tweeted a map of the smoke plumes that moved thru our area spreading across multiple states including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.

The air quality in the entire state was listed as moderate for the entire day Monday. “Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion”, according to AIRNow. Tuesday the Northwestern area of New Jersey is listed once again in moderate air quality.

There are two major wildfires burning in California right now, the Camp Fire which has burned 151,000 acres and the Woolsey Fire which has burned 96,950 acres. Combined the fires have claimed the lives of 80 people, and over 1,000 people are unaccounted for.

Crews are expected to get some relief later this week with 4 to 6 inches of rain which will help suppress the fire. However, since so much of the land has burned, there is not enough vegetation to soak up the expected precipitation which could lead to mudslides happening. Crews expect the Camp Fire to continue burning for weeks and possibly even months.

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By: Anthony Preziosi Like on Facebook