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Find out how smoke from wildfires blanketed much of the United States

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AirNow’s fire and smoke map shows a film of gray smoke from wildfires across most of the United States on July 20, 2021.

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I’ve noticed weird sunsets lately in New Mexico where the sun looks like a ball of molten red as it sinks into the west. It’s a symptom of wildfire smoke in the sky and a dramatic sign of another brutal wildfire season in the United States.

The National Weather Service office in Aberdeen, South Dakota, tweeted Tuesday: “You’ve probably noticed the hazy skies lingering around lately. Turns out we’re not the only ones seeing this – smoke from wildfires covers much of the lower 48.”

Besides the apocalyptic sunsets and orange sky, smoke from forest fires can have an impact on air quality away from the actual location of a fire. Forest fires, many of which burn in the western United States, were fueled by severe drought conditions and heat waves. These events were exacerbated by the climate crisis and extreme weather conditions he brings with him.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration smoke model predict the movement of smoke across the country from Wednesday to Thursday. It shows the great distances smoke from forest fires can travel and how winds can push haze from coast to coast.

The NWS office in New York shared a hazy view of the city with an orange-tinted sun. “The smoke from western forest fires continues to invade our skies this morning”, the organization tweeted Wednesday.

A Wednesday NOAA satellite view of the Pacific Northwest showed smoke rising from 14 large fires over 620,977 acres.

The National Weather Service shared a AirNow air quality monitoring site fire and smoke map Tuesday. What is noteworthy are the broad bands of gray indicating smoke coverage in the United States and Canada, as well as the many marked forest fire locations, indicated by the amber fire icons.

Oregon’s Huge Bootleg Fire is an example of the severity of the 2021 wildfire season. The fire burned hundreds of thousands of acres and sent huge amounts of smoke into the air. It’s only 38% content.

NOAA shared a time-lapse snapshot of the smoke from the wildfires running from July 15 to 19. The images come from the GOES-Est weather satellite. The gray haze stands out from the white clouds.

The smoke can linger. According to Wednesday’s report from the National Interagency Fire Center, 78 large wildfires burned 1,346,736 acres in 13 states. Most forest fires are man-made, although lightning is another trigger, especially in remote areas.

This year’s smoke-filled sky may look like deja vu afterwards a devastating year in 2020. If you live in an area where forest fires are possible, see our preparation guide.



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