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      Smoke from Canadian fire covers much of U.P.

      What appears as a haze over Presque Isle in Marquette is actually smoke generated from wildfires in Canada being blown across the lake by northwesterly winds

      The National Weather Service advises that smoke from forest fires in Canada will continue to affect the following areas Saturday afternoon:

      Keweenaw, Houghton, Baraga, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Iron, Dickinson, Menominee, Delta, Schoolcraft; this includes the cities of Copper Harbor, Houghton, Hancock, L'Anse, Gwinn, Marquette, Grand Marais, Munising, Newberry, Iron River, Iron Mountain, Menominee, Escanaba, Gladstone, Manistique, Kenton, Sidnaw, Seney. A layer of smoke aloft from forest fires in Ontario will continue to move across Lake Superior and through most of western and central Upper Michigan Saturday afternoon.

      This layer of smoke could reduce visibilities at times and could cause some problems for people with respiratory problems.

      "This phenomena has been happening pretty regularly the last couple years where there's been big fires up in Canada," said National Weather Service forecaster Greg Michaels. "Smoke comes down off of northwest winds, which is typical for this time of year, and then we get the smoke from that."

      If the smoke smell is particularly strong, stay indoors and close windows.