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Did you wake up this morning only to see hazy skies and smell smoke in Houston and surrounding areas? There’s a reason for that.

Reports came in Thursday morning of an odor that was detected in the Houston area. Other areas surrounding Houston such as Katy, Clear Lake and Rice reported smells of smoke and hazy conditions.

A spokesperson with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality stated that the reason for the smoke smell and hazy skies are marsh fires that are burning between Galveston and Port Arthur.

As officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality continue to monitor the fires, the air quality is expected to improve later and the smoke is expected to dissipate by Thursday afternoon.

Cicely C. Mitchell, CBS Radio Houston

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