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Napa Fire & Evacuation Map

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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.

zogg fire and evacuation map

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

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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.

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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

haze from smoke Wisconsin map

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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.

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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

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Trump & Gavin Newsom at CalFire

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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What Is A Derecho?

Derecho storm cloud Iowa

According to the National Weather Service, a derecho storm is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is accompanied by a band of rapidly changing showers or thunderstorms. A derecho is a group of long-lived winds and storms associated with rapidly changing thunderstorms or showers. Derecho is the name for a wide range of widespread and long-lived wind storms, which are linked in bands with rapidly changing showers and thunderstorms.    

How To Plan For Disasters

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Creating an emergency plan can feel overwhelming, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a number of resources to help you do so. This guide guides you through preparing for natural disasters, acting in the event of an event, and what action you need to take at the end of a disaster that happens quickly, which means that you need to be ready to act quickly.  Every family needs a clearly defined plan that helps ensure that everyone is safe in the event of natural disasters and evacuations. 

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