Satellite images show massive clouds of smoke, western fires producing pollutants


Satellite images taken from historic wildfires in the west show shocking amounts of smoke and other pollutants that extend beyond areas where the fire is burning fiercely.

At least 36 deaths have been linked to fires in California, Oregon and Washington State.

According to state data, about three dozen fires were active Monday night in Oregon. The Oregon congressional delegation said about 1 million acres have already been burned, an average of about 500,000 during an entire wildfire season.

In California, the largest explosion in the history of the modern state, the massive fire of August, burned more than 755,600 acres in Northern California and contained only 30 percent as of Monday. The fire was triggered by lightning last month.

Maxar Technologies released satellite images collected at a constant angle to the clouds, extinguishing the flames that were left on Tuesday.

A fire burning near Big Signal Peak in Mendocino National Forest, California, part of the Complex Fire on August 14. Satellite image © 2020 Maxar Technologies

Last week, another satellite image taken by NASA showed smoke flames from fires in Oregon and California. NASA said the smoke was so thick that it could be seen from 1 million miles away. On Monday, the National Weather Service said the smoke was spreading as the East Coast even affected the skies of New York City.

On September 9, intense fires in Oregon and California emit thick smoke streams. The smoke was so thick and widespread that it was easily visible 1 million miles from Earth.NASA Earth Observatory

NASA is also occupying the US at a high aerosol index as a result of the fire. The red in these images from Sunday show the highest aerosol levels, which can affect health conditions.

Septe. But high aerosol index over the US as a result of fires in the western US 13. Red areas indicate heavy concentrations of aerosols that may reduce visibility or affect human health.NASA / NOAA Suomi NPP Satellite

According to NASA’s imagery taken between September 6 and 14, carbon monoxide levels are also rising due to the fire.

According to NASA, “Carbon monoxide released from fires along with smoke and ash is a pollutant that can remain in the atmosphere for about a month and can be transported over long distances.” “In these images, mapped at high altitudes, the gas has little effect on the air we breathe; however, strong winds can drive it downstream where it can significantly affect air quality. Is. Carbon monoxide plays a role in both air pollution and climate. “

The carbon monoxide plume flown from the jet stream has also reached the East Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.