Hot, dry and smoky. That's your forecast for northern Utah heading toward the weekend.
Blame it on the heat. Point a finger at the lack of significant rainfall. And as if you could looking at valley haze prevalent in the region Thursday and which was expected to remain on Friday don't forget the impact of the West's continuing, incendiary wildfire season as smoke drifts in from neighboring states' blazes.
The National Weather Service certainly hasn't, issuing a "Red Flag" wildfire danger warning for Utah itself, particularly for a stretch of Utah from Logan running south through Brigham City, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Park City, Provo and Nephi. That advisory was to extend into late Thursday evening, and with hot, dry and windy weather expected to extend into the weekend, fire danger, too, will remain high.