Hoosier National Forest Prescribed Burns & Increased Ozone Levels in Maryland

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows an increased concentration of smoke coming from the mid-west United States.

The Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs in the same region of the United States as shown in the image above.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased concentration of PM in the midwest United States traveling upwards towards the East Coast. Most of the area has an Air Quality that is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange, 101-150), but in certain spots, the Air Quality reaches Unhealthy (Red, 151-200). INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Hoosier National Forest Prescribed Burns to help restore ecosystems and are controlled fires.

The AirNow map above shows that the ozone levels in regions of Maryland reach levels that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange, 101-150).

The AirNow Tech map above supports this as in the Baltimore region multiple ceilometers found moderate levels of ozone (Yellow, 51-100) in similar regions of Maryland.

Fires in Northwestern Ontario

The Canadian Fire Hotspot Map above shows an increased concentration of hotspots on the border between Manitoba and Ontario, Canada.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of smoke originating from the same area shown above.

The Copernicus Global Forecast image above shows that much of the AOD concentration is due to biomass burning in that region.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows that the concentration of AODs in the Ontario, Manitoba, and Great Lakes regions is extremely high as there is a dark red AOD level being shown in that region.

 

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol Page image above shows that at its highest concentration, the smoke surface concentration reaches above 512 ug/m^3. CBC reports that in this region there are over 100 reported fires, but there are three main fires in that region. These fires are the Knora Fire 51, which is around 100,000 hectares, the Red Lake Fire 77, which is around 20,000 hectares, and the Red Lake Fire 16, which is around 120,000 hectares.

Fires in British Columbia and Oregon

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System and Fire and Smoke Product image above shows two sources of heavy concentration of smoke originating from Oregon and British Columbia.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is a similar cloud of dense AODs that follows the same path as shown by the image above.

The Copernicus Global Forecast Plot image above shows that the majority of the aerosols from the two images above are most likely from biomass burning.

The Canadian Fire Danger Map shows an increased concentration of Fire Hotspots in British Columbia. CNN reports that many of these fires could have been supported by a heatwave that struck the area. With temperatures reaching 121 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas, the fires were able to spread quickly.

The AirNow Map image above shows that these fires also released smoke that increased P.M levels across America and Canada with some regions reaching Unhealthy P.M. levels (Red,151-200). INCIWEB reports that in Oregon there is the Bootleg Fire that has burned over 364 thousand acres and is only 30 percent contained.

Fires in British Columbia & Increased Ozone in Maryland

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product shows heavy smoke concentrations originating from British Columbia.

The Canadian Fire Hotspots Map supports the claim above as there are hotspots in the same regions of British Columbia as shown before.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image shows a high concentration of Smoke Surface Concentration in both similar regions of British Columbia. The Smoke Surface Concentration reaches above 512 ug/m*3 at the max concentration.

The AirNow Map image above shows that the Air Quality in Maryland reaches Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101-150, Orange). The increase in the air quality index is due to ozone.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased level of aerosols in the same region of ozone shown before.

Fire in Ontario Canada & Lava Fire in California

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product shows a heavy concentration of smoke originating from California.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows an increased concentration of Aerosols in the same region of California.

reports that in this region is the Lava fire which has burned over 17 thousand acres and is less than 20 percent contained.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product shows a heavy concentration of smoke originating from Ontario, Canada.

The Canadian Fire Hotspot Map supports this claim as there are multiple hotspots in the same region as where the smoke originates from.

In addition, the Canadian Fire Danger Map shows an extreme danger of Fire in the Ontario region.

Increased Levels of Ozone in Washington & California

The AirNow image above shows a high air quality index in Washington State. The air quality in this region reaches an Unhealthy level (Red, 151-200). The increased air quality index is due to increased levels of ozone in the region.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased Air Quality Index along the Californian coast. The air quality close to San Francisco reaches very unhealthy levels (201-300, Purple). The increased air quality index is due to increased levels of ozone in the region.

The Copernicus Global Forecast image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of Nitrous Dioxide in the same region as the increased ozone levels stated above. Nitrous Dioxide is a precursor for ozone so often when one is found, the other is likely to be there as well.

The Weather.gov image above shows that this increased level of ozone may be due to the high heat in the region resulting in increased ozone mixing with the surface.

Increased Ozone Level from Wisconsin to Arkansas & Fire in Colorado

The AirNow Map image above shows increased levels of ozone from  Wisconsin down to Arkansas. The air quality in this region is moderate (51-100, Yellow).

The Copernicus Global Forecast image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of ozone in the same region of the United States. NO2 is a precursor for ozone which means when NO2 is found, ozone is often found in the same area.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product shows a heavy concentration of smoke originating from Colorado.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of Aerosols in the same area. In addition, INCIWEB reports that in this region there is the Magic Feather Prescribed burn which as burned over 6000 acres of land. The purpose of this fire is to improve forest health.

Saharan Dust Reaches United States & Fire in Oregon

The AirNow Map image above shows an moderate level of Particulate Matter going across the southern coast of the United States. The Air Quality in southern Texas and the southern half of Florida is between 51-100.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image shows that there is an increased level of dust surface concentration on the Eastern Coast of the United States. The dust originates from the Sahara Desert and crossed over the Atlantic Ocean.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product shows an heavy concentration of smoke in Oregon.

The AirNow image above supports this claim as there as an increased air quality in the same region of Oregon. The Air Quality in this region of Oregon reaches a moderate level (between 51-100).

The NOAA Aerosol Watch shows an increased concentration of Aerosols in Oregon. INCIWEB reports that in this region is S-503 fire. The S-503 has burned over 6000 acres and is only 20 percent contained.

Particulate Matter Over Washington D.C & Unhealthy Ozone in California

The AirNow image above shows a moderate level of air quality caused increased level of PM 2.5. The increased level of PM 2.5 in the area has increased the air quality to be between 51-100.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke product image shows a light amount of smoke over the DC area. It also shows that the smoke is originating from the Western region of the United States.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above shows that an increased level of smoke surface concentration above D.C. There is a smoke surface concentration that reaches between 8-16 ug/m*3.

The AirNow image above shows an increased concentration of Ozone above San Bernadino, California. Above San Bernadino California the air quality reaches an Unhealthy level (Red, 151-200).

The AirNow Tech shows that within the county San Bernadino the air quality within California reached close to 100 ppb of ozone. This level of Ozone reaches well the Air Quality of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.

Increased Level of Ozone in Maryland & Multiple Fires in Arizona

The AirNow Map image above shows a Moderate level of Ozone in the Maryland region along the I-95 corridor. A moderate level of ozone means the area has an air quality index between 51-100 (yellow).

The AirNow Tech image above supports this claim as the ozone levels reached around 55 ppb which is a moderate level of ozone.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke originating from Arizona.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs above Arizona. INCIWEB reports a multitude of large fires that are currently burning Arizona’s forests. These fires include the Salt Fire (21,000+ acres burned, 71% contained), the Telegraph Fire, (139,000+ acres burned, 59% contained), the Mescal Fire (72,000+ acres burned, 88% contained), and the Pinnacle Fire (13,000+ acres burned). These fires have burned over 245 thousand acres of land which has lead to a massive concentration of AODs and smoke being released into the air.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as the smoke surface concentration reaches between 126-256 ug/m3 (light purple) above Arizona.