Ack! Distant fires leave California’s capital city in a haze

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California’s capital region.

Experiencing smoky air from blowing winds is nothing new in many California cities, but Sacramento air quality experts say it’s rare for the dirty air to linger for so long, a reality of ever-larger fires that take longer to extinguish.

The haze stretches to the Sierra Nevada mountain range and nearly every major population center in between has suffered air quality considered dangerous for children, the elderly and people with asthma.

There are two major wildfires north of Sacramento and another near Yosemite National Park.