Hazy skies have set in over Jackson Hole. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Smokey skies have blanketed Jackson Hole over the past few days. Smoke began moving in on Thursday yet today, July 10 has been the smokiest day of the summer thus far.

The current air quality index (AQI) for Jackson Hole is rated at 92. According to purpleair.com AQI between 51-100 is acceptable, above 100 AQI is considered unhealthy.

Buckrail Meteorologist Alan Smith attributes the source of the smoke to wildfire activity in Northern/Central Idaho. West/northwest winds are transporting the smoke into Northwest Wyoming.

Smith forecasts, “varying degrees of smoke and haze are likely through the weekend and early next week as prevailing winds aloft from the west/northwest will favor smoke transport from Idaho fires into Northwest Wyoming.”

Photos: Lindsay Vallen // Buckrail 

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.