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Agricultural burning in Mexico is bringing hazy skies to Central Texas

Farmers take to clearing out their lands for new growth in our neighboring countries.

SAN ANTONIO — If you've noticed the sky has been a little hazy lately, you're not the only one!

Agricultural burning peaks in neighboring countries this time of year, bringing haze and smoke to Texas. Farmers across Mexico and Central America burn crops to prepare for their growing season. Removing that old vegetation to make room for new growth impacts air quality around the region.

Residual smoke can travel hundreds of miles across the gulf, which is how it ends up impacting Texas air quality. Southeasterly winds from the Gulf of Mexico help push smoke towards the Alamo City region. 

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If you suffer from any respiratory illness like asthma or COPD, it's recommended you limit your time outdoors. Hundreds of fires will continue to burn across Mexico and Central America through June.

This page provides a real-time look via NASA at fires burning across the world and shows just how much agricultural burning is taking place this month in Central America. 




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