Wildfire smoke map, August 21, 2019

States affected include Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Texas

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Boggy Draw prescribed fire
The Boggy Draw prescribed fire north of Dolores, Colorado at 12: 51 p.m. August 20, 2019. U.S. Forest Service photo.

While currently there are not a great many active wildfires in the lower 48 states, the ones that are burning are creating a surprising amount of smoke.

Smoke from wildfires in Texas is expected to move into the Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth areas Wednesday afternoon.

wildfire fire smoke August 21, 2019
Forecast for the distribution of smoke at 6 p.m. MDT August 21, 2019. NOAA data, fire labels by Wildfire Today.

Ignition on the Boggy Draw prescribed fire in the San Juan National Forest north of Dolores, Colorado is complete, but the fire is still producing smoke. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a statement Wednesday, saying,  “Light-to-moderate impacts are expected in the immediate vicinity of the fire. No public health concerns are anticipated at this time.”

We don’t have a smoke map for Alaska but smoke from local fires is expected to plague residents of Anchorage until this weekend.

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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.

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