Have you noticed the spectacular sunsets over the last couple of weeks?

Have you noticed the spectacular sunsets over the last couple of weeks?

Believe it or not, the bright oranges and reds are the result of that massive wildfire in Canada. How is the smoke moving all the way to Ohio, and why is it making our evenings more vivid?

First, the jet stream is helping transport the smoke all the way from Canada to the middle part of the United States. Smoke is traveling hundreds of miles from Alberta to the Upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and into Ohio.

You can't smell the smoke here in Ohio because it's so high in the atmosphere. But the smoke particles are just the right size for filtering out colors, meaning red, pink and orange colors can be seen more vividly in the sky.

The Fort McMurray wildfire has forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people. The fire has burned almost 400,000 acres, making it one of the worst fires in Canada's history.

Five hundred firefighters employing 15 helicopters and 14 air tankers have struggled to contain the massive blaze.

The entire region has been under a mandatory evacuation.

The fire may be an indication of what's to come.

Many meteorologists are warning of a hot and dry summer across Canada and the midwestern U.S. Unseasonably warm temperatures combined with extremely low humidity have allowed that fire and others to quickly grow.

Look for updates on the wildfire on 10TV News at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. And share your sunset pictures online at Facebook.com/ChrisBradley10TV.

Weather where you live author Chris Bradley is chief meteorologist at WBNS-10TV.