Silverado Fire, Smoke & Evacuation Map in Orange County

Silverado Fire: 2 firefighters critically injured as 4,000-acre blaze force thousands to flee Irvine area

Silverado Fire Near 133 freeway

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Blue Ridge Fire & Evacuation Maps Chino Hills & Yorba Linda, CA

Blue Ridge Fire in Yorba Linda grows to 3,000 acres; more than 15,000 people evacuated

Chino Hills Yorba Linda Fire

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East Troublesome Fire & Evacuation Map Near Lake Granby

Grand County, Colorado East Troublesome Fire explodes to 125,677 acres. 

These areas are also currently under mandatory evacuation orders:
  • All areas west of Highway 34  
  • All areas north of milepost 2 on Highway 34 to Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Trail Creek subdivision - Area I
  • Both sides of Hwy 125 from milepost 5 to the Grand/Jackson line
  • Sheriff Creek / Kinney Creek area
An evacuation center was set up at the Inn at Silver Creek in Granby. Anyone forced to evacuate was asked to register using East Troublesome Fire Evacuee(s) Registration Form to assist with the re-entry process, the GCSO said. 
East Troublesom Fire from airplane

Estes Park during fire

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Calwood Fire Map & Evacuation Boulder, Colorado

Both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires increased containment on Wednesday with minimal fire growth. The CalWood Fire is now 24% contained and the Lefthand Canyon Fire is 43% contained. Yesterday, crews on the southeast edge of the CalWood Fire conducted a successful tactical burn operation near the Balarat Education Center to protect structures in that area and connect constructed fire lines. Firefighters continued working in the Highway 7 corridor and along the northern edge of the fire constructing direct line and checking the progress of the fire to the north. Last night’s night shift was successful in holding the fire to minimal growth despite the overnight Red Flag Warning that brought warm temperatures and high winds to the ridgetops. 

Firefighters on the CalWood Fire will continue yesterday’s work in all divisions. Crews on the southeastern side of the fire continue to build line as the fire backs down the hill towards Spruce Gulch. On the southwestern side of the fire, crews will patrol the area near yesterday’s firing operation. On the north side of the fire, crews will continue working on the canyon’s edge and in the Highway 7 corridor with the intent of keeping the fire south of Highway 7. Crews on the northeast side of the fire will continue constructing and patrolling fire lines. 

Firefighters were able to secure the southern edge of the Lefthand Canyon Fire on Wednesday and no new growth was recorded after midday yesterday. Crews working on the north side of the fire continued mopping up and improving containment lines. Further increases in containment will come as additional containment lines are secured.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: A cold front arrived over the fire area early this morning and will continue moving into the area throughout the day. Temperatures will fall through the afternoon, dropping below freezing after sunset. Humidity will also be increasing over both fires today, rising to 60-70% over the course of the day. The changing weather conditions are also expected to temper fire activity today.

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Cameron Peak, Colorado Fire & Evacuation Maps

On August 13, the Cameron Peak fire in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests between Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake erupted. It burns over rough terrain in thick timber stands. Fire development has been propelled by high winds combined with critically dry fuels. There are evacuations and closures in place.

Cameron Peak Wildfire Colorado

Bobcat Fire Started By Tree Branches Hitting Power Lines

The Bobcat Fire that burned more than 115,796-acres threatened the Mt. Wilson Observatory and forced thousands to evacuate, the utility giant reported Monday, may have been sparked by tree branches reaching a Southern California Edison overhead conductor. 

In a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, SCE announced that it had recognized the possibility. 

Investigators from the U.S. Forest Service did not share the specifics of the inquiry with SCE, but the organization told regulators, "SCE understands that in addition to retaining SCE's overhead conductor, USFS also removed and retained three tree branches in the area."

"SCE is investigating the cause of the ignition and the 12:16 p.m. relay on its system, and evaluating whether vegetation in the area could have been a factor, including whether vegetation may have encroached within the minimum clearance distance or contacted the section of the overhead conductor retained by USFS."

It's not the first big wildfire that SCE facilities might have begun. SCE admitted that it could be liable for the deadly Woolsey Fire after officials from the Ventura County Fire Department concluded that SCE equipment caused the blaze. 

Firefighters who, since Sept. 6, have been fighting the Bobcat Fire do not expect full containment until Oct. 30. 171 buildings, including 87 residences, were destroyed by the Bobcat Fire and 47 buildings, including 28 residences, were damaged. According to Los Angeles County parks officials, the Nature Center at the Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area was demolished. 

The fire at 12:21 p.m. was recorded near Cogswell Dam in the Angeles National Forest. On Sept. 6, and at 12:16 p.m., SCE reported, a portion of SCE's Jarvis 12 kV circuit in the area experienced a relay operation. At Mount Wilson, a camera captured smoke in the region as early as 12:10 p.m.

On September 16, SCE removed the conductor's 23-foot-long line for the U.S. Forest Service to be included in their inquiry.

"SCE personnel were permitted into the subject area and removed an approximately 23-foot section of 1/0 ACSR conductor (south phase) that was situated between an H-Frame structure comprised of Pole Nos. 4786005E and 4786004E, which had been significantly damaged in the fire and was no longer erect, and another H-Frame structure comprised of Pole Nos. 2127468E and 1583439E," SCE said in the letter.

The containment of the fire reached 92 percent on Sunday, as the 115,796-acre blaze that has been burning for over a month continued to work with more than 300 firefighters. 

At, a map, collected from continuous field damage inspection and subject to change, can be viewed. 

With the exception of Big Santa Anita Rd (The Chantry Road), all evacuation orders have been canceled and most roads have been reopened. 

Over the weekend, temperatures cooled steadily, but increased to the 90s and low humidity on Monday, increasing the danger of burning. 

It has not been determined the cost of fighting the fire.

Gulf of Mexico Tropical Storm Delta Expected to Become Hurricane

Hurricane Delta wind forecast map NOAA
Hurricane Delta Landfall time NOAA

Tropical Storm Delta was approximately 135 miles south of Negril, Jamaica, as of 10 a.m., and approximately 265 miles southeast of Grand Cayman. The long-term track, which often changes, has the storm making landfall Friday near Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes and then turning east toward New Orleans and then heading into Mississippi.

At 7 mph, the storm is going west. Speed is expected to pick up on Tuesday and Wednesday. The core of the storm is predicted to move away from Jamaica later in the day on the forecast route, move close to or over the Cayman Islands on Monday night, and reach the Isle of Youth and western Cuba on Tuesday afternoon or evening.

In the Caribbean Monday morning, Tropical Storm Delta was strengthening and is predicted to become a hurricane Tuesday on its way towards Louisiana, forecasters said.

In southeast Louisiana, the latest track from the National Hurricane Center has Delta making landfall Friday as a Category 2 hurricane, but this far away, the route has an average error of 160 to 200 miles. 

Depending on the direction and strength of the system, heavy rain, hazardous storm surge, and gusty winds are all possible along the coast from Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle, forecasters said. For residents, now is the time to make arrangements and prepare.

Tropical Storm Gamma, weakening in the Gulf of Mexico, is also being watched by forecasters. It is near the peninsula of Yucatan and is not supposed to enter the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Forecasters said the long-term track becomes complex because they are unsure how Tropical Storm Delta will interact with the remnants of Tropical Storm Gamma.

The interaction "could result in a sharp westward jog, after which a sharp turn back toward the northwest could occur," according to Stacy R. Stewart, a senior hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center.

The latest track from the National Hurricane Center has the system moving into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

50 Million People Experienced Unhealthy Air in 2020

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unhealthy air by year 2020

An NPR review of the United States Air quality data from the Environmental Protection Agency showed that in California, Oregon, and Washington, nearly 50 million residents live in counties that have endured at least one day of "unhealthy" or worse air quality during the wildfire season so far this year. That's 1 in 7 Americans, relative to 2018, the worst previous year, a rise of more than 9 million individuals.  

In the western United States, wildfires near cities have become normal, but the magnitude and severity of the harmful air pollution they generate have been the worst on record this year.  

For longer than previous years, many Americans in populated, metropolitan areas experienced smoke. For the first time ever documented, some areas encountered very toxic or dangerous air from wildfires.

More than 17 million people live in counties where air quality has reached levels considered "extremely unhealthy" or "hazardous," the most ever reported during the fire season. This is the range in which the EPA states that anyone may be at risk of serious health effects, and advises avoiding any outdoor exertion by children, older people, and those with lung disease.

More Counties Saw Longer Periods Of ‘Very Unhealthy’ Air This Year. This year, for the first time ever recorded during the wildfire season, 36 counties in Washington, Oregon, and California experienced extremely poor air quality due to particulate matter, including Multnomah County, Ore., where Portland is located.

In the medical community, the immediate health effects of living in and breathing wildfire smoke are well-known and apparent to anyone who has been exposed: eyes sting, throats tense, snot will turn black. Pollution from smoking can increase heart rates and worsen respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic pulmonary obstructive disease. Recent studies also indicate that exposure to smoke may lead to an increased risk of COVID-19.

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When you open the map it will automatically find your location and display data relevant to your area. Each map has its own unique icon depending on which data you are interested in. The default map is all cameras but you can choose speed cameras, red-light cameras, traffic cameras below.

Syndicated Maps has a network of 25 public safety & location-based maps that you can easily find and add to your phone at the link above or by clicking on the phone apps screenshot above.

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Napa Fire & Evacuation Map

For each county above, you can check out interactive maps, evacuation orders, alerts, and school closures:

As the Glass Fire continues to expand, parts of Napa and Sonoma counties are under evacuation orders and/or warnings Monday. In the already scorched area, strong winds fanned flames, burning homes and prompting overnight evacuation orders affecting more than 50,000 people.

According to Cal Fire, the Glass Fire (which also involves the combined Shady and Boysen fires in Sonoma County) has burned 11,000 acres and remains at 0 percent containment at last review. 

The Glass Fire first broke out on Sunday in Napa and has spread to Sonoma since then. 

The fires in the popular wine country of Napa-Sonoma came as the region approached the third anniversary of the Tubbs Fire that erupted in 2017. About a month earlier, several of the same people were evacuated from a lightning-sparked fire path that had become the fourth-largest in state history.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued before midnight Sunday for the following zones in and on the outskirts of Santa Rosa:
  • Calistoga North
  • Calistoga South/Skyhawk
  • Pythian
  • Melita
  • Stonebridge
  • Oakmont North
  • Oakmont South
For those driven from their homes by the Shady Flames, Sonoma County and the city of Santa Rosa have set up multiple emergency evacuation points: 
  • Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma, 175 Fairgrounds Drive. 
  • Building for Petaluma Veterans, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. Petaluma, South. 
  • The Veterans House of Santa Rosa, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. 
  • A Spot to Park Tennis, 2375 W. Santa Rosa, 3rd St. 
  • Raceway Sonoma, 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.


Zogg Fire & Evacuation Map in Redding, CA

 According to Sheriff Eric Magrini, three people have died due to the Zogg Fire in Shasta County. Magrini gave no further information about those who died. Magrini said the fire forced about 1,250 people out of their homes, but those numbers could increase with the fire spreading rapidly. 

An update on the Zogg Fire burning in Shasta County is being given by officials with the Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit (Cal Fire SHU). 

According to Cal Fire, the fire is still at least 15,000 acres and zero percent contained.

Evacuations are for the following areas:
  • All areas south of South Fork Road and Zogg Mine Road. South along Gas Point corridor, including Gas Point Road to Foster Drive.
  • All residents west of Zogg Mine Road.
  • Platina Road to Tehama County line.

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California Wildfire Burn Damage Seen From Space

 California fire damage satellite map

New satellite imagery of California reveals not just the extent of its wildfire damage, but the depth of the loss.  

The maps derived from the satellite data show how far two major fires spread as well as how badly each region burned. Darker colors represent near-complete loss — charred landscapes with little to no living vegetation left. Lighter tan regions represent areas where the fire was severe, but some trees and plants still survive. 

The satellite data was collected by Landsat 8 on Sept. 26, during a clear day after weeks of smoke that blanketed the Bay Area. 

California fire damage map

LA Times Fire & Windy Maps Together Are Awesome!

Wind and forecasting data layers are not included but are valuable sources of information. Click on the LA Times map fires on the left side of the map and it will zoom into an active fire location. 

Here is a great video of Casey Miller from the LA Times explaining the map.   

The LA Times Fire Map contains four different types of data: 
  • Fire origins mark the fire fighter's best guess of where the fire started. The data is provided by CalFire and the Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination. 
  • Fire perimeters are the latest known extent of where the fire has burned. This data is provided by GeoMAC. 
  • Hotspots are areas suspected to be on fire according to satellite imagery analysis. The data is provided by Descartes Labs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Descartes Labs data is sourced from NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite satellites. Additional data is provided by NOAA’s Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product, which is human reviewed and sourced from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite satellites. 
  • Mandatory evacuation zones and evacuation warning zones are provided by local government agencies. 
  • Air pollution data is provided by AirNow. 
This map was created and is maintained by Casey Miller.

LA Times Fire Map and Windy Map

Time Lapse Satellite Videos of West Coast Fires & Smoke

Significant blazes continue to wreak havoc across large regions of California, Oregon and Washington, a dense layer of smoke shielding the sun and turning orange skies over most of the western United States. 

time-lapse and infrared imagery west coast smoke and fires

How To Use Google Crisis Map

Who's been using Google Crisis Map? Doesn't this map seem unknown to the public or news media? In particular, if you are heading to an area you are not familiar with, the data on the map could potentially save your life.

I don't think weather apps and websites adequately communicate emergency and warning information to customers on a map, such as fires, air quality, tropical storms, possible flash floods, tornadoes, wind, hail, volcanoes can save your life. I would like to see a lot more details on public safety applied to this map, such as coverage of mobile phones and unsafe places.

Google Crisis Response is a team that "seeks to make vital knowledge about natural disasters and humanitarian crises more available." A series of national and regional-scale map layers, mainly for the US, related to weather, threats, and emergency preparedness and response.

Sharing the Google Crisis Map, managed by Google Crisis Response, a team that works to make critical information more accessible to individuals to help keep them safe during a natural disaster or crisis highlights critical emergency information to your readers. To ensure that Google is communicating the most reliable, freshest, and appropriate emergency information available, the team partners with authoritative emergency services around the world. Past disaster management study covers the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, and Superstorm Sandy.

How To Use Layers, Share and embed the Crisis Map Using iFrame

Google Crisis Map Layers

Share the crisis maps made accessible by Google Crisis Response quickly and readily. Go to the crisis chart and, at the top, press the "Share" button. Copy and paste the given URL or, to insert the interactive map on your website, use the iframe provided. By following these basic steps, you can customize the map view:
  • Select the layers you want ON, and zoom to the area you want to appear on your site.
  • Hit the Share button at the top of the map.
  • Copy the code in the field below “Paste HTML to embed in website”.
  • Drop it into the HTML for your website.
  • You can set the height and width of the map directly in the iframe code. 
Crisis Map displays geographic data in several formats, including the following:
  • Keyhole Markup Language (KML)
  • GeoJSON
  • GeoRSS
  • Google Fusion Tables (according to Google but this has been shut down?) 
Here is a video overview. 

If you would like to embed this map simply use the following iframe code. 

<iframe height="500" src="" title="Google Crisis Map" width="100%"></iframe>

Air Quality Maps Compared: AirNow, AirVisual &

AirNow air quality air quality appIQ AirVisual Air Quality
Why is the Air Quality reading on consistently different than AirNow and AirVisual?

Via my phone's default weather app, which uses, I received air quality readings. I downloaded IQAir AirVisual recently, and I've been puzzled by the fact that the reading of is consistently much higher. 

For example, right now, I see the following readings:

  • 113 (I believe this is some sort of composite score)
  • IQAir AirVisual: 42 (US AQI; this seems to be based on the same sensor as the one below)
  • AirNow: 49 (NowCast AQI)
  • AirNow Fire and Smoke Map: 27 (NowCast AQI; based on PurpleAir low-cost sensor)

These scores are all pretty poor right now, so it seems a little insignificant, but and AirVisual were both triple digits as recently as yesterday, with the reading sometimes reaching 200 due to the wildfires.


The fire and smoke map of AirNow shows purple air sensor info but corrects it using an equation created after years of side-by-side research compared to official monitoring stations. Raw purple air data has high biases at high levels of smoke. Many 3rd party apps pull the raw purple data so that higher values are usually displayed. Daily AirNow, without any feedback from sensors, uses only official monitoring stations to craft the AQI. Data of higher quality but less coverage.

AQI or air quality index is a combination of variables and a formula to combine them into one number. Low numbers are good. Look for PM 2.5 numbers and compare them. They use different methods to calculate AQI with a large component being PM 2.5.

7 Reasons Why FEMA Denied You For Wildfire Disaster Assistance

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The following information is posted on FEMA's website about common denial issues and how you can appeal:

FEMA cannot pay for damage covered by insurance or duplicate benefits from another source.

FEMA grants are meant for costs to return your home to a safe, sanitary and functional. This means your home is habitable. Damage to non-essential space or property is not eligible under FEMA programs. If you have questions about the type of damage eligible under FEMA programs, you can call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362.

7 Common reasons for FEMA Wildfire Disaster Assistance Ineligibility

  • You are insured. Contact FEMA if your insurance settlement is insufficient to meet your disaster-related needs or if you have exhausted the Additional Living Expenses provided by your insurance company.
  • Your insurance company denies your claim. You must provide documentation that identifies the denial or exclusions of your insurance settlement before FEMA will consider your assistance eligibility.
  • You reported no home damage when you registered with FEMA. If you reported your home had no damage but later discover it’s not habitable anymore, contact FEMA to let them know. It helps to get documentation to support your appeal such as a letter from contractor or local official that says the home is not safe to live in. They should also include the estimated cost needed to repair the home.
  • Home is safe to occupy. FEMA housing assistance typically only covers costs to make your home habitable. Damage to non-essential space, landscaping or spoiled food is usually not covered by FEMA grants.
  • Proof of occupancy. When FEMA is unable to verify occupancy of your primary residence, you may provide FEMA with documentation, such as utility bills, a bank or credit card statement, phone bill, pay stubs, a driver’s license, state-issued ID card or voter registration card showing the damaged dwelling’s address.
  • FEMA could not verify your identity. FEMA must be able to verify your identity with a valid Social Security number. By verifying identity, FEMA prevents fraud and ensures you receive eligible disaster assistance. To verify identity, you may provide FEMA with documents, such as a copy of your Social Security card if accompanied by federal or state-issued identification, a U.S. passport, military identification or certain documentation from the Social Security Administration.
  • No initial rental assistance. You indicated to the inspector that you were not willing to move while your damaged home was being repaired. This made you ineligible for FEMA temporary rental assistance. However, you may have since found further damage to your home that may require you to move. Since your housing needs have changed, contact FEMA as soon as possible to update your housing status and explain why you have a need to relocate.

If you live in an apartment building and the owner requires you to leave so repairs can be made to the building, you should update your status with FEMA. You may be eligible for assistance.

Everyone has a right to appeal

Send a signed , written description explaining why you think FEMA's decision is wrong and copies of any documentation supporting your appeal, including evidence of your disaster damages, if you believe the amount or form of assistance is wrong.

If your letter is written by someone other than you or a co-applicant, that person must sign the letter of appeal and you must provide FEMA with a signed declaration authorizing that person to act on your behalf.

All submitted documents should include your full name, your FEMA application number and catastrophe number, your pre-disaster primary residence address and your current phone number and address. Request numbers and catastrophe numbers are written above your name and address on page 1 of your letter of determination.

Instructions to submit your appeal

There are four ways you can submit your letter and documents. Be sure to include the cover letter you received from FEMA when you submit them:

1. Mail documents and your letter within 60 days of receiving your determination letter to the address below. Your letter with accompanying documents must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on your letter from FEMA regarding your eligibility.

FEMA National Processing Service Center

P.O. Box 10055

Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

2. Fax them to 800-827-8112

3. Upload them online at if you have a FEMA online account. To set up a FEMA online account, visit the site and click on “Check Your Application and Log In” and follow the directions.

4. Visit a FEMA drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center. The center operates under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all participants. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. You will remain in your car. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive your documents through the window and return them to you. Find your closest center by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585, by going online to or by downloading the FEMA app.

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Best Air Quality Maps Near Me - Mobile Web Apps

Air Quality Aware - Esri

ESRI Uses Map Data from Air Now

Esri, a mapping software platform based in California, said this week that it has introduced a new app, Air Quality Aware, which helps people understand the air quality in their city. The new all uses data from the EPA's AirNow program and the NOAA's National Weather Service, along with the American Community Survey. The new all-show areas, according to the organization, are color-coded according to the Air Quality Index of the EPA, with magenta and purple reflecting harmful and extremely unhealthy air quality.

The new web-based map joins other utilities such as PurpleAir, allowing users to see what air quality is in their area, as well as various local government agency locations. In recent weeks, interest in monitoring air quality has increased dramatically, as wildfires in the Western US have brought air quality to its worst in decades in many areas; smoke from those fires has now entered Europe.

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Hurricane Sally Storm Surge & Flooding Forecast

Hurricane Sally floods Gulf Coast as officials urge residents in low-lying areas to 'run from the water'

Slow-moving storm Hurricane Sally is intensifying as swirls over the Gulf of Mexico towards Mississippi and Louisiana. The whirling center of Hurricane Sally may be slowly making its way toward the northern Gulf Coast, but the storm's heavy rains and wind have already caused widespread flooding in the area.  The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said as of midday Tuesday, Hurricane Sally is a Category 1 storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, and is located about 115 miles south of Mobile, Ala., "inching" northwest at 2 mph. Sally should reach land near the Alabama-Mississippi state line by late Tuesday or early Wednesday, bringing the threat of a storm surge of up to 7 feet along Alabama's coast, including Mobile Bay.

Smoke & Haze from West Wildfires Reaches Midwest

Smoke from West Wildfires Reaches Midwest

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Satellite Smoke Map

Have you noticed the sun looks a little more orange than usual?  In the skies of Northeast Wisconsin, smoke from wildfires is creating hazy conditions in the western US. FOX 11 Meteorology Director Pete Petoniak says the smoke from those fires is carried by upper-level winds thousands of miles away, making the skies appear milky around here.

The haze also makes for some vivid sunrises and sunsets. The smoke filters out shorter wavelengths of light, leaving mainly orange and red shining through.

Two recent photos of the United States were taken by the NPP satellite and both photos indicate that the winds have shifted again, pushing the smoke back to the East from western fires and crossing the continental USA. Tiny air-suspended particles (aerosols) are also carried along the jet stream alongside the smoke and carry unhealthy air quality across the world. The picture on the left depicts the whole of the United States and the smoke cloud that hangs over much of it

The picture to the right shows the aerosols that go with the smoke. Aerosols are a mixture of small particles and chemicals formed by incomplete burning of materials that contain carbon, such as trees, grasses, peat, brush, etc. All smoke includes particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. The smaller the particles, the easier to inhale and absorb them into the lungs. From the EPA website: "Small particles pose the greatest health hazard from the smoke. They can cause a variety of health issues, from burning eyes and a runny nose to exacerbated chronic heart and lung diseases. Particle pollution exposure is even associated with premature death. 

West Coast Smoke Could Be Killing Thousands of Birds

Map of Reports Seeing Mass Dead Birds

Thousands of dead birds could be linked to West Coast wildfires.   An “unprecedented” number of birds have recently died across the West — and some researchers suspect the West Coast’s raging wildfires could be to blame.  Experts haven’t been able to quantify the fatalities or pinpoint an exact cause of the mass die-off.  The total number of dead birds appears to be in the hundreds of thousands. Among the species impacted are warblers, swallows, and bluebirds.

Witnesses and researchers said some of the birds appeared to be acting bizarrely before dying — ones that usually hang in shrubs were spotted on the ground searching for food.  Scientists are asking the public to report sightings of dead birds to an online database, and that people safely collect the dead birds so that researchers can study them closer.  

New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Texas are also reporting similar situations and large amounts of dead birds.

dead birds reported from smoke

President Trump Visits With CalFire & Gavin Newsom

President Trump visits with CalFire and Gavin Newsom in Sacramento to see the damage from the California wildfires

Why did Gavin Newsom look so nervous in this meeting with Trump?

Trump & Gavin Newsom at CalFire

5 Real Time Maps of LA's Current & Future Air Quality & Wind

Real Time LA County Air Quality Map

LA Wind Forecast Map

  AQMD Air Quality Map Red Flag Warnings

Air Now Air Quality Map

Air Now Forecast

Maps of Active California Fires

Map Active California Fires

Map Active Southern California Fires

2018 Active Fires Map

Active Fires in California 2018

Active Fires as of November 12, 2018 

Fire & Smoke Air Quality Map

California Air Quality Monitors

Smoke from Northern California fires can be smelled and seen all the way to Southern California. 

What Is The Best Mask For Smoke?

N95 Smoke Mask
N95 Smoke Mask

A good smoke mask protects against poor air quality, but not all face masks are effective at preventing smoke inhalation. Experts say it's best for those who don't want to inhale harmful pollutants, no matter what mask you wear.     

There are a variety of respirators, but the one that works best against brush fire smoke is the N-series. If you need more protection, an N95 respirator provides adequate protection for most people.  Overall, the N99 Smoke Mask is a good choice, good enough to shield you in the event of a conflagration or something. Overall, it is important to be aware of the different types of smoke masks available to you, and you should not miss them.    

There are hundreds of vendors selling smoke filters and masks, mainly in Asia, but there are also in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Africa. One of the best I have personally encountered is the N95 Smoke Mask, which is available from a number of vendors in the United States, Canada, and Australia.     

As you can see, a gas mask alone is not an ideal solution when it comes to protecting a person from smoke and fire, but it can be very effective in combination with other smoke filters and masks to improve their effectiveness. There are washable smoke masks that have two valves that prevent moisture from accumulating on the mask and are ideal for people who do a lot of physical activity. Last but not least, gas masks have a built-in respirator, which can make them particularly effective when they are protected from the smoke. 

Fabric masks are not recommended to prevent smoke and dust, as they tend to have poor filtration according to the California Department of Health.  They are not there to protect children from smoke or dust and, worse, the particles in the bushfire smoke can cause respiratory problems if they are "too fine.     Certified N95 masks are designed for children as they can filter out smoke and ash particles and improve air quality for adults.      

If you are looking for a highly efficient disposable mask, the face mask is a good choice for you. You will also find N99 masks that filter out 99% of particles, and you must bear this in mind when looking for a mask with a high level of protection, such as the N95 mask or the N100 mask.        

You cannot simply wear a surgical paper mask or a cloth mask and protect yourself from the fine particles. If you don't have a proper mask, a dust mask is better than nothing, even if it's not airtight. Smoky air penetrates when you breathe and destroys the whole purpose. While you are trying to filter out the hazardous chemicals and particulate smoke, if the mask is not airtight, you can still get some of the particles in, so that larger particles can be in the air. The gap between the skin and the mask can cause you to be between the gaps between you and the mask. 

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Gender Reveal Fire Map

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Gender Reveal Fire Map El Dorado Fire Near Yucaipa

A gender reveal party causes massive El Dorado wildfires that burned 7,050 acres outside of Los Angeles in Riverside County near Yucaipa. 

gender reveal fire smoke satellite image

Smoke from the fire could be seen for hundreds of miles.  Ash from the fire blanketed Southern California streets, homes, and cars. 

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