Saddleridge Fire in California and Overall Fire Conditions in California

The AirNow Map image above shows that California had a wide range of PM AQI ranging from areas near Fresno Very Unhealthy(Maroon Color, 201-300 ppb) to most of California being covered by a Moderate level (Yellow, 51-100).  The NOAA HMS image below shows that fires close to the Cascade Range such as the South Fire are releasing high amounts of smoke towards the Pacific Ocean. INCIWEB reports that the South Fire had been started by lightning and has burned over 5300 acres of land.

In southern California, the Saddleridge has been creating massive evacuations in the Los Angeles area.  Newsweek reports that over 40,000 residents near the fire have been ordered to evacuate. NOAA reports that the fire has been hard to control due to high winds in the region fanning the flames and keeping the fire alive. The National Weather Service image below reports a Red Flag Warning(increased chance of fire in the pink,) High Wind Warning, (in brown, Winds up to 70 mph,) and Gale Warning, (in Lavender, winds up to 35 knots). INCIWEB reports that the Saddleridge fire has burned over 8000 acres of land and is 98 percent controlled. The origin of the fire is still being investigated.

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