Smoke from Thomas Fire affects air quality in California

Thomas Fire smoke air quality

Above: Wildfire smoke forecast for 6 p.m. PST December 10, 2017.

(Originally published at 3:30 p.m. PST December 10, 2017)

The Thomas Fire is having a significant effect on the air quality in California. Some areas downwind of the fire to the northwest had “unhealthy” conditions at 2 p.m. Sunday, including Santa Barbara and Goleta. Forecasts show that smoke and ash will continue to affect the southern part of Santa Barbara County for the next several days. The Santa Ynez Valley and the northern parts of the County will see increasing impacts.

Thomas Fire smoke air quality
Satellite photo showing smoke from the Thomas Fire December 10, 2017.
Thomas Fire smoke air quality
Air quality at 2 p.m. PST December 10.
Thomas Fire smoke air quality
Air Quality in Santa Barbara County at 2 p.m. PST December 12, 2017.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

One thought on “Smoke from Thomas Fire affects air quality in California”

  1. I was in Santa Barbara March 13,2018 thru Mach 18th at the RITZ Carlton, Bacara.
    As soon as I got there I had a heavy chest & burning in my costal area(chest).
    I was on my nebulizer 3-4 times a day.
    Also had burning eyes, loss of appetite & bloating & shirtless of breath.
    Was I still reacting to Thomas fire?
    I flew home on the 18th but am still symptomatic.

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