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Smoke from Mexico crop fires may cause haze in Lubbock Thursday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Many locations across Central, South and East Texas have reported thick smoke and haze in the air. We have been behind the dry line and have escaped this for the past several days.

With a strong southeast flow setting up the next couple of days, it is possible we could be very hazy Thursday and Friday.

We believe it may be smoke from fires in Mexico and Central America.

Every spring, farmers burn their land to revive its nutrients for the planting season. This has been going on for years. The smoke is prevalent from late March through early June. If smoke arrives here, it will likely affect those with respiratory conditions such as asthma.

It will also cause itchy, watery eyes and if you are allergic to smoke it may give you a headache, literally. If people are complaining of sinus issues, it may simply be smoke from the fires in Mexico and Central America.

You can check Texas air quality here: http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_state&stateid=45

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