Fire in North Washington

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in the northern Washington region.

The Canadian Hotspot map shows an increased concentration of fire hotspots in northern Washington.

The AirNow Map image above cooroborates the increased AQI in the northern region of Washington onto Idaho and Montana. The AQI in the region reaches a Moderate level (51-100, Yellow). INCIWEB reports that a fire in this region is the West Branch fire which burned 120 acres.

 

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol Page image above shows an increased concentration of smoke surface concentration in the same region as the increased AQI levels shown above. In its highest concentration the smoke surface concentration reaches between 16-32 ug/m**3.

Hurricane Zeta

The NASA Worldview image below shows a satellite image of Hurricane Zeta traveling towards southern United States.

The NOAA Huricane Center image above shows that on Thursday Hurricane Zeta had hit Lousiana in the form of a Category 2 Hurricane with sustained winds of over 80 mph. CBS News reports that Hurricane Zeta has left over 2 million people without power and at least killed one individual.

The tweet above shows satellite imagery of the Hurricane before landing on Lousiana.

The Creek Fire in California

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

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in the central region of California.INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Creek Fire and it has currently burned over 374 thousand acres. The fire had started on September 4th and is only 63 percent contained.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased AQI concentration in California. The AQI in central California reaches Hazardous levels (Maroon, 301-500). This increase in AQI may be due to smoke particles from the Creek Fire coming down to the surface of region around it.

East Troublesome Fire in Colorado

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in the northern region of Colorado.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows that there is smoke being released in a fire from northern Colorado. INCIWEB reports that in this region is the East Troublesome Fire which has burned over 188 thousand acres and is currently only 4 percent contained.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased concentration of particulate matter in the northern region of Colorado. The AQI in this region reaches moderate level (51-100, Yellow). This increased AQI may be due to smoke particles reaching the surface of Colorado.

Increased Level of Ozone in California

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased concentration of ozone in California. This ozone is then increasing the AQI in the area as the AQI in parts of California is reaching Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups levels (101-150, Orange).

The AirnowTech graph above shows that many ozone sensors on the ground within the county of Riverside tracked ozone levels above 51 ppb which is well into the Moderate level. Riverside is one of the counties within California that showed a moderate AQI due to increased ozone concentrations.

The Copernicus Global Forecast Plot image above shows an increased concentration of NO2 on the Western Coast of the United States. Nitrous Dioxide and Ozone have similar precursors so often an increase in one often is shown in the increase of the other.

Luna Fire in Arizona in New Mexico

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows an increased concentration of AODs in the northern region of New Mexico, close to Santa Fe.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of smoke coming from the northern region of New Mexico. INCIWEB reports that in that region is the Luna Fire which has burned over 7000 acres of land and is 0 percent contained.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol Page image above shows that in the northern region of New Mexico the smoke surface concentration reaches above 512 ug/m**3. This is most likely due to smoke released from the Luna Fire.

Creek Fire in California

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows an increased concentration of AODs close to California.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke close to Fresno, California. INCIWEB reports that in that region is the Creek Fire which has burned over 350 thousand acres and is only 61 percent contained.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol Page image above shows an increased smoke surface concentration. In California, the concentration of smoke reaches above 512 ug/m**3.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased concentration of particulate matter in California. The AQI in this region reaches Hazourdous levels (Maroon, 301-500). This increased AQI is most likely due to smoke from the Creek Fire coming down to the surface and increasing the AQI.

Increased Levels of Ozone Concentration in California

The NOAA Air Quality Map above shows spikes in the level of ozone within California.

The CAMS image above supports this claim as within California there are multiple areas that have an increase in nitrous dioxide. Nitrous Dioxide and Ozone share many of the same precursors so often increase in one mean an increase in the other.

The AirNow Map image above shows that the ozone has had a direct impact on the air quality within California. The AQI within California has reached Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101-150, Orange).

Fires in Colorado and Wyoming

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke originating in southern Wyoming & Northern Colorado.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs in a similar region as shown by the NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above. INCIWEB reports that in this region are 3 large fires. These fires are the Cameron Peak fire, which has burned over 128 thousand acres, the Middle Fork Fire, which has burned over 8 thousand acres, and the Mullen Fire, which has burned over 151 thousand acres.

The AirNow Map image above shows that the Colorado and Wyoming region above has a higher AQI due to P.M. 2.5. The AQI in this region is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101-150, Orange). This increase in the particulate matter may be due to fires in the area which can create smoke. Smoke can have a direct increase in particulate matter in the air.

Yogo Fire & Increased Smoke Concentration in Montana

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product
the image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke in the eastern region of Montana.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs in the same region shown in the NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above.  INCIWEB reports that in the area of the left most concentration of AODs may be due to Yogo Fire which has currently burned close to 2,900 acres.

The AirNow Map image above shows the eastern region of Montana, there is a moderate AQI (Yellow, 51-100) due to an increased concentration of P.M 2.5 in the region. This increased concentration of P.M 2.5 may be due to fires in the area.