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Wildfires in the west spread smoke across Canada and New York


Huge forest fires are burning in several western states, but the winds carry the smoke much further. The national meteorological service shared satellite images Tuesday showing smoke drifting southeast across New York City and the Tri-State area.

The service said smoke would filter the sun throughout the day – and some New Yorkers woke up to hazy skies and a bright orange sun.

This phenomenon has arrived before, when smoke from wildfires in the West spread to Washington, DC in September 2020, making the skies hazy and orange.

In 2020, the wildfires in Australia caused “unprecedented” conditions, NASA said. The space agency released satellite images showing smoke from the fires moving around the world. The smoke was to make at least a complete circuit around the world, said Colin Seftor and Rob Gutro of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation issued a rare air quality alert for the state on Tuesday, reports James Gilbert, a meteorologist for WROC, the Rochester affiliate of CBS News.

Surface ozone levels are increasing due to smoke from forest fires and people with heart or lung disease as well as the elderly and some children should limit outdoor activities, Gilbert reports.

Earlier this week, the smoke from Contraband fire, considered one of the largest in modern Oregon history, also stretched hundreds of kilometers northeast of the Canadian border, the Agence France-Presse press service noted.

Several people in Toronto posted photos of the hazy sky above the city on Twitter.

On Monday, the Bootleg Fire burned more than 476 square miles, an area the size of Los Angeles and three times the size of Detroit.

Wildfires continue in 13 states, where 83 large fires have burned 1,293,636 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Isolated dry thunderstorms were expected Tuesday in eastern Oregon and Washington, Idaho, western Montana and northwestern Wyoming, the agency said. Some of the storms will be capable of strong wind gusts and brief heavy rains – and lightning from these storms could make forest fires worse.

Meteorologists have predicted extremely dangerous fire weather conditions until at least Monday, with possible lightning in California and southern Oregon.

“Any thunderstorm has the potential to trigger new fires,” the National Weather Service of Sacramento, Calif., Said. said on Twitter.

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