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NASA Sees Central California Completely Blanketed In Wildfire Smoke

(Source: www.forbes.com)

As of this week, the Mendocino Complex Fire in northern California has become the largest wildfire in state history, eclipsing a record set just last  year.  The fire has burned over 300,000 acres and is just one of  17 major active blazes, including the devastating Carr Fire, Donnell Fire and Ferguson Fire, in the state as of Wednesday morning.

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Drought, wind and high temperatures have turned much of the state into a tinder box, but even regions not under threat are feeling the impacts in the form of choking smoke.

The NASA Aqua satellite captured the above image of smoke from the large fires blowing over much of California’s Central Valley, one of the world’s important agricultural regions seen completely blanketed by a layer of haze.

“This is unusual and remarkable and unpleasant,” Jaime Holt, a spokeswoman for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, told the Fresno Bee.

On Monday, the same day the satellite image was taken, the air quality monitor in central Fresno registered the most unhealthy levels of soot and other particles in the air, according the scale used by the real-time air advisory network (RAAN).

Many schools and other organizations in the area have cancelled all outdoor activities, such as sports practices, the Bee reports.

With a weather forecast that is dry and calling for triple-digit temperatures, the fires are likely to continue to spread. The conditions are leading many to fear this wildfire season could quickly become the worst in state history and that the smoke will also persist for weeks to come.

More Info: www.forbes.com

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