August 2018: NASA Observes Widespread Smokey Skies from Western Fires

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 17 August 2018

Widespread Smokey Skies from Western Fires

A Serious Mountain Safety Concern

Smokey Skies in North America,
NASA Earth Observatory, August 17, 2018.

"In mid-August 2018, deadly blazes across the western United States and Canada continued to destroy structures and disrupt the lives of millions of people. But you did not have to be close to the fires to witness its effects. These images show just how far across North America winds have carried the thick plumes of smoke."



Smokey Oregon,
NASA Earth Observatory, August 15, 2018.

“On August 15, 2018, nine large fires were burning in Oregon...”


NASA Images

Fire Season in the Western United States



All & Best Smoke Observation & Analysis Resources
Besides the NF BlueSky Smoke Forecast predictions, the Satellite Observations, we have the excellent smoke reports from California Smoke Information site, and Air Now.



Eyes on the Skies
It is in our best interest to use these tools to track the smoke conditions before any backpacking trip, to prevent any unpleasant surprises, and possibly situate our trip upwind from the current fires and their smoke.



High Sierra & Major Fires of 2018




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