The sun appeared large and orange over Brewer on Sept. 15, 2020. Wildfires in the West have resulted in hazy skies in Maine. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

Burlington, Vt. — Smoke from western wildfires is producing hazy conditions throughout New England, as well as the possibility of vibrant sunsets.

The National Weather Service’s offices in Boston and Burlington said Saturday that smoke moving eastward could make the sky appear “milky” or hazy throughout much of New England.

Lingering in the air, smoke particulates could also create conditions for particularly colorful sunsets.

While smoke can worsen air quality, the National Weather Service’s Burlington office said the smoke now affecting New England’s skies should be too high in the atmosphere to cause problems for anyone on the ground.

Firefighters in California and several other western states are currently battling several wildfires during what has been an unusually dry and hot summer in the region.