Dixie Fire in California

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

The AirNow Map image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of PM from Northern California. The maximum air quality index reaches Hazardous levels (Dark Purple, 301-500).

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows an increased level of AODs originating from Northern California.

INCIWEB reports that in Northern California there is the Dixie Fire that has burned over 490 thousand acres. The fire is currently 27 percent contained. CNN reports that the fire has burned over 900 structures and there are still 16,000 structures threatened by the fire.

Fires in Idaho & Ozone on East Coast

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product shows a heavy concentration of smoke originating from the Idaho & Montana region of the United States.

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

The AirNow image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of PM originating from Idaho. At its heaviest concentration the Air Quality Index reaches an Unhealthy level (151-200. Red). INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Trail Creek Fire which has burned close to 33 thousand acres.

 

The AirNow images above shows an increased concentration of PM concentration above the East Coast of the United States. The image shows that above the Baltimore and New York City region the Air Quality index reaches an level that is Unhealthy for Sensative Groups (Orange, 101-150).

Luft data from CCNY and visualized on the Atmospheric Lidar Group’s Celiometer Network shows that between 6:00 and 12:00 UTC, ozone from the upper atmosphere came down and mixed with the surface. Weather.gov reports that New York was 88 degrees Fahrenheit with calm winds which may have aided the formation of ozone in the surface layer.

Update on British Columbia Fires & Increased Ozone on East Coast

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke with multiple origins from British Columbia.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is a large concentration of AODs coming from lower British Columbia.

The AirNow image above shows that in lower British Columbia the Air Quality index reaches Unhealthy levels (Red, 151-200).

The Canadian Fire Danger Map image above shows that much of southern British Columbia is under extreme fire danger, (Red). In addition, there is a multitude of active fires in this same region. CBC reports that an increased level of temperatures in the region is helping the strengths of these fires, however, the region has received more fire fighters from other countries to help battle these fires.  

The AirNow image above shows an increased concentration of ozone going down the East Coast of the United States. In New Jersey, the Air Quality index due to the ozone reaches Unhealthy levels (Red, 151-200).

The Copernicus Global Forecast image above shows an increased concentration of NO2 on the Eastern Coast. An increased level of NO2 often means an increased level of ozone in the same region as NO2 is a precursor for ozone.

Luft data from CCNY and visualized on the Atmospheric Lidar Group’s Celiometer Network shows that between 0:00 and 9:00 UTC, ozone from the upper atmosphere came down and mixed with the surface.

Fires in California & Increased Levels of Ozone Across Mid-West

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows that there is a heavy smoke concentration above California.

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is a heavy concentration of PM above Northern California. At its heaviest concentration the air quality index reaches Very Unhealthy levels (Purple, 201-300). INCIWEB reports in this region of California there is the Dixie Fire which has burned over 197,000 acres and is only 22 percent contained.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased concentration of ozone crossing down the midwest. In its highest region the air quality index reaches Unhealthy for Sensative Groups levels (Orange, 101-150).

The Copernics Global Forecast image shows that there is an increased concentration of NO2 in the same area. There is an especially high concentration of NO2 near the Salt Lake region. NO2 is a precursor of ozone, so often where one is found the other is most likely to be as well.

The Weather.gov image above shows that there is air quality warnings along with a high level of heat crossing down the midwest that may help the formation of ozone in that region. 

Fires in Washington State & British Columbia

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke in the North West region of North America. This smoke concentration has traveled across the United States.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs crossing the United States with an especially large concentration in the North West region of the North America.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above shows that there is an especially high concentration of smoke surface concentration originating from Washington, United States and British Columbia, Canada. At its maximum concentration the smoke surface concentration reaches above 512 ug/m*3 (Dark Purple).

 

The AirNow image above supports this claim as in North West Region of the United States as well as the lower region of British Columbia the PM levels reach an Unhealthy level (Red, 151-200).

Weather.gov has given airquality warnings as well as Red Flag Warnings in the case of new fires emerging and continuing fires releasing smoke into the air, increasing the PM in the region. INCIWEB reports that in Washington there are three major fires; Chuweah Creek Fire, which has burned over 36 thousand acres, Cedar Creek Fire, which has burned over 22 thousand acres, and Cub Creek 2 Fire, which has burned over 43 thousand acres. Each of these fires is less than 50 percent contained. The Vancouver Sun Reports that in the lower region of British Columbia a heat wave has helped to strength fires in the region. Currently there is over 100 fires taking place with the largest being Sparks Lake fire, the Flat Lake Fire, and Mckay Creek Fire.

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).  The increased levels of PM are most likely due to smoke originating from Canadian Fires drifting down towards the Midwest.

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.