Smoke from California’s Mosquito Fire expected to move into Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho

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Forecast for distribution of smoke at 1 a.m. PDT Sept. 16, 2022. NOAA.

Wednesday afternoon most of the smoke from the Mosquito Fire 35 miles northeast of Sacramento was moving into Northern Nevada. But that changed overnight as it spread northwest toward Chico and Redding in north-central California.

A forecast produced by NOAA expects that by 1 a.m. Friday it will again be moving into Northern Nevada, Eastern Oregon, and Southern Idaho. And from there, most likely Montana.

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Satellite photo showing smoke from the Mosquito Fire at 8:11 a.m. PDT Sept. 15, 2022.

Below is the current air quality, produced by AirNow.

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Air quality, from AirNow, at 8:54 a.m. PDT Sept 15, 2022.
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Air quality, vicinity of Mosquito Fire, from AirNow, at 8:54 a.m. PDT Sept 15, 2022.

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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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  1. Hi Bill,

    My comment is a question. How are these predicted changes in the atmosphere’s circulation, which carries the smoke away from the wildfire which is producing the smoke at the earth’s surface, going to possibly influence the atmosphere’s circulation at the earth’s surface? The smoke provides information about the atmosphere’s circulation which could not commonly be directly seen.

    So I hope you will keep us posted as to what is actually seen relative to the smoke and to the fire at the ground.

    Have a good day, Jerry

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