Effects of the massive wildfires in the western region of the United States were visible in north Missouri and across much of the Midwest on Monday, as smoke moved into the area, obscuring the sun and creating an odd yellow-orange glow.

Effects of the massive wildfires in the western region of the United States were visible in north Missouri and across much of the Midwest on Monday, as smoke moved into the area, obscuring the sun and creating an odd yellow-orange glow. The smoke also caused the moon to appear red-orange. The majority of the smoke was above 15,000 feet, according to Jimmy Barham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. He said the smoke traveled in the middle to upper atmosphere. A cold front came through and shifted the smoke to the south. The smoke came from fires mostly in Idaho and Montana, Barham said. – C-T / Catherine Stortz Ripley (C-T Photos by Jaime Saucedo and Catherine Stortz Ripley)