Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West have clouded the sky and led to air quality alerts on parts of the East CoastPORTLAND, Ore. -- Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West clouded the sky and led to air quality alerts Wednesday on parts of the East Coast as the effects of the blazes were felt 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) away. Strong winds blew smoke east from California, Oregon, Montana and other states all the way to other side of the continent. The smoke blowing to the East Coast was reminiscent of last fall, when large blazes burning in Oregon’s worst wildfire season in recent memory choked the local sky with pea-soup smoke but also affected air quality several thousand miles away. Air quality alerts for parts of the region were in place through Thursday. Monstrous clouds of smoke and ash have risen up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) into the sky and are visible for more than 100 air miles (161 kilometers).
Source: ABC News July 21, 2021 04:07 UTC