Smoke map, July 21, 2018

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This was the prediction for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 1 p.m. PDT July 21, 2018. Much of the smoke is coming from the fires in Southwest Oregon and the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park in California.

Areas getting hit hardest by the smoke are in Oregon, Nevada, California, and Montana.

Wildfire smoke forecast, July 20, 2018

This is a prediction for the distribution of smoke from active wildfires for 6 p.m. MDT July 20, 2018. If correct, the areas that will be inundated with heavy smoke will include portions of Northern California, Southern Oregon, and Northern Nevada.

Much of the smoke is coming from the lightning fires in Southwest Oregon, the Boylston Fire in Central Oregon, and the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park in California. The Lake Christine Fire which has been burning for weeks in Colorado is also a smoke contributor.

Smoke forecast for Monday, July 16

The map shows the prediction for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 6 p.m. MDT July 16, 2018. Much of it is generated at the Ferguson Fire west of Yosemite National Park in California.

Wildfire smoke map, July 9, 2018

This is the prediction for the distribution of wildfire smoke for 6 p.m. MDT July 9, 2018. It is an experimental forecast from NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory.

The scientists expect significant smoke impacts Monday in areas of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

Most of the smoke is coming from the Klamathon Fire on the Oregon/California border and the Martin Fire in Northern Nevada.

Smoke plumes in the southeast

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NOAA is now generating maps that not only show heat from vegetation fires detected by satellites, but now they have maps that show graphic depictions of smoke plumes from fires. On the map below, the red dots are heat sources, but not all are necessarily vegetation fires. The gray smoke plumes are visible from the larger fires.

Florida has a number of fires going including two fires that burned together forming a 3,500 acre fire that is burning grass islands in Lake Okeechobee. Arson is suspected as the cause of those fires. The names of the fires are “Myakka Cut” and “Grassy Island”.

Below is a photo of the fire on a grass island in Lake Okeechobee. Photo courtesy of CBS.