The massive wildfires in Bastrop and Palo Pinto have created huge smoke plumes that the Texas winds have begun moving Northeast.
Dallas Resident Kenneth Durand said, "You can't miss it. You can see the smog along the horizon and even in the air."
Forney Resident David Penny said, "Coming in from the West, it's all out West, coming this way. And, you can see it. It's in waves, just in waves. Some darker, some lighter. It's not pollution, you can tell the difference."
Throughout the day, a thick haze hovered over Downtown Dallas, making many of the famous skyscrapers barely visible at times. It was just one of the visual cues that smoke from Central Texas wildfires had arrived in North Texas.
Another sure sign -- the smell.
Penny said, "It smells like an old house fire to me, something like that. A lot of smoke, very smoky. A lot of allergies."
Durand agreed, "You can't escape the smell of the fires. For people with breathing issues, such as myself, we are probably more sensitive to it."
Dallas County Health and Human Services is advising people, especially those with respiratory problems, to stay indoors as the smoke continues to move into the area.
Dr. Steven Wilson said, "We have seen an uptick in our emergency rooms in people who have asthma or have chronic respiratory problems, people coming into the emergency department with respiratory complaints. The unhealthier the air gets, the more likely the general population is to suffer."
Many say the incoming smoke has shined a light on the widespread damage of the fires.
Penny said, "It tells you how big and how widespread. If you can see it in Dallas, it's pretty big."
Durand said, "In a way, it kind of is a sign or a symbol, that no man is an island. The bad things that happen to the people in Central/West Texas and the Hill Country, they affect us, too. Sometimes you notice and sometimes you can't, but in this situation, we notice it."
Wildfire Smoke Spreads to North Texas