Dozens of active wildfires in the Northwest U.S.

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Above: Active wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Western Montana, and Northern California at 4:18 a.m. MDT August 16, 2017.

(Originally published at 10:21 a.m. MDT August 16, 2017)

Dozens of wildfires are active in the Northwest one-quarter of the United States. Many of them have been burning for several weeks under a limited suppression strategy. The states of Washington and Oregon have a total of 32 large uncontained fires that have spread over 810,171 acres.

Air Quality Index LegendAt times the area around Missoula has been heavily affected by smoke. Here are some PM 2.5 readings from Wednesday morning:

  • Seeley Lake: 180
  • Missoula: 33
  • Lolo: 54
  • Superior: 180
  • French Town: 19
  • Clinton: 26
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Satellite photo showing smoke from wildfires near Missoula, Montana, August 15, 2017.
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Satellite photo showing smoke from wildfires in northwest California, August 15, 2017.
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Active wildfires (without added name tags) in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Western Montana, and Northern California at 4:18 a.m. MDT August 16, 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 “Dozens of active wildfires in the Northwest U.S.”

  1. After 15 years as a small town fire fighter in South West Montana, [20 yrs. ] of living here the smoke is piling up with the wind. If yang have any medical issues with respiratory problems , STAY AWAY FROM IT THE BEST YOU CAN make defensible spaces & remain vigiant, a simple wind change can change a fire situation very bad very fast. God bless the hard working fire fighters !!!

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