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Smoke From Western Wildfires Now Fills East Coast Skies

by Jon D. B.
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Heavy smoke from several of the largest wildfires in West Coast history has now reached East Coast skies.

The fallout from historic wildfires has been filling the lungs of westerners for weeks now. In addition, over 150 miles of Sequoia National Park have now burned, according to USA Today. Heavy smoke from this tremendous loss is adding tons of pounds of ash and debris to the atmosphere: and it’s all moving east.

Where can the East expect smoke-filled skies?

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Benz, the answer lies with the air streams coming from the Gulf of Mexico:

you can draw a line from California through St. Louis and on to Norfolk, Virginia – pretty much everyplace north of that line is looking at smoke-tainted skies. Areas south of that line see less smoke due to air coming up from the Gulf.

Matt Benz, AccuWeather

In turn, the NWS is Wakefield has shared a map that shows the affected areas. Virginia, West Virginia, and all other states north of North Carolina can now expect hazy skies and intense, clouded sunsets. Kentucky may also be affected. The Southeast, however, should expect to remain without.

How is this affecting air quality on the east coast? Americans across the nation are already wearing masks. But do they protect from wildfire smoke, too?