NOAA HMS reported a large area of moderate density smoke vising in today's satellite retrievals. This smokey air mass is moving eastward over northern California, Idaho, and northern Nevada. This smoke originates from the Happy Camp fire complex occurring in northern California. According to INCIWEB, this fire was started by a lightning strike and only 15% of 71,729 acres total for the complex have been contained.
Smoke was also seen in New Mexico/Texas/Oklahoma. The light density smoke was seen extending from a wildfire occurring in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The smoke is moving eastward, visible over the NM/TX border into Oklahoma. The smoke is the cause for the high AOD readings over th regions previously discussed.
The Happy Camp fire is impacting the air quality in northern California, as smoke traveled southwest down the Klamath and Salmon River drainages. This brought smoke into communities west of the fire and the Scott Valley. By mid-morning, smoke was in the Redding area and some throughout the Sacramento Valley in the early evening hours. Code Orange PM2.5 AQI levels were reported over the locations discuss before (Airnow AQi animation).