Dramatic satellite video shows US wildfire smoke cloud

Oregon’s Bootleg fire showed ‘explosive growth’ on Wednesday

Louise Hall
Thursday 15 July 2021 20:58
Comments
Satellite images show wildfire spreading in Oregon

Surreal satellite video has shown wild smoke clouds billowing out of the US and Canada as intense wildfires continue to ravage the country as officials warn fumes are affecting air quality.

An unprecedented heatwave in the Pacific Northwest has contributed to massive fires across the region, with at least 67 reported to be raging across the country.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that smoke is clouding the skies of those in areas affected by the fires and “compromising air quality”.

The newspaper noted that the blazes produce carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and particulate matter that could be set to bring negative health effects.

Dramatic satellite footage recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has shown the extent of the smoke spreading from an aerial view.

“An expansive layer of varying density smoke blankets much of northern North America from Alaska to Greenland and Newfoundland,” the agency said in a release.

They added: “Wildfire activity across British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest continues to produce thick smoke, which is moving across western Canada into northern Canada.”

NOAA said that Oregon’s Bootleg fire showed “explosive growth” on Wednesday the agency said on Twitter, noting the fire “is the largest active fire burning in the US”.

Smoke in the state prompted the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to issue an air quality advisory on Monday for Jackson Klamath, Lake, Union and Wallowa counties.

The agency warned that “smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions”.

They added that “people most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant women”.

AirQuality Alerts are also in effect for locations from California to Minnesota, the NOAA said.

The Post reported that nearly 17 million people continue to experience temperatures topping 100°F (38°C) as a host of heat advisories and excessive heat warnings stay in place.

Experts believe a dome of high pressure over the northwest is the root cause of the extreme heat and that the phenomenon has been worsened by the climate emergency.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in