Wildfire smoke and air quality, August 10, 2017

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Above: map showing the distribution of wildfire smoke at 5:34 p.m. MDT August 10, 2017. NOAA.

(Originally published at 6:09 p.m. MDT August 10, 2017)

Judging from these maps, the air quality in southern British Columbia and the U.S. Northwest looks particularly rotten today. (“Rotten” is not a term I’ve seen NOAA use to describe air quality, but it seems appropriate here.)

Locations in Washington and Idaho had the distinction of taking four of the top five positions on the forecast for the “highest 5”, AKA worst air, in the United States today.

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Air quality in the United States and southern Canada August 10, 2017.
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Satellite photo showing smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and the U.S. Northwest during the afternoon of August 10, 2017. The red dots represent heat from wildfires.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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