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« Reply #250 on: August 11, 2017, 07:19:48 PM »
Haha sorry guys, its a common tongue in cheek way to refer to our area, but I realize posters from around the world obviously wouldn't be versed in our colloquialisms. Glad I cheered somebody up, because its brutal over here! The smoke is giving everybody headaches. Apparently we might get some rain this weekend, but overall this summer is just part of a trend of droughts in a traditionally very wet area.

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« Reply #251 on: August 11, 2017, 07:33:08 PM »
cross post:
The biggest fire continues to spread.  Image from Sentinel Playground August 8.  I'm showing the color bands choices. (8/8/17 image is latest.) Note scale in lower left corner.  (click if you like)
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« Reply #252 on: August 11, 2017, 10:19:31 PM »
Rip - Ah, I understand - and fully approve of the phrase. From someone in the North West UK, I can fully sympathise with a wet climate, and I willing to bet the 'droughts' we get here are nothing to what you're going through. I hope you get some relief soon.

It's still making me chuckle just for the dichotomy.

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« Reply #253 on: August 12, 2017, 06:22:09 PM »
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« Reply #254 on: August 12, 2017, 08:54:36 PM »
BC fire situation is exceptionally bad. As of the 11th, they're up to 143 active fires (11 starts the previous day) with a season total of 646,000 ha (1.59M acres) burned in the province.

This includes the monster Elephant Hill fire, which is up to 125k ha (300k acres) in size.

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« Reply #255 on: August 12, 2017, 11:29:40 PM »
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« Reply #256 on: August 13, 2017, 05:36:41 AM »
I was so stunned with all the smoke I saw and smelt in Winnipeg last year during the Womens Fifa Soccer, much from Alberta.  Slightly amazed at the smoke I notice via the moon in northern Iowa this year from further afield. 

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« Reply #257 on: August 13, 2017, 06:06:32 AM »
A New Zealand helicopter pilot fighting enormous wildfires in Canada says everyone works in an ''apocalyptic twilight'' amid the worst conditions he has experienced in 25 years.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/336767/canada-wildfires-apocalyptic-kiwi-pilot

"In my experience and that of the pilots here, we've never seen anything like this.
''This fire will be going until the first snow, so once the weather conditions physically change into fall or winter, that's when the fire will technically be over.
''There's just so much of it, what we're doing right now is just trying to contain it."

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« Reply #258 on: August 14, 2017, 04:39:22 PM »
Greece, Portugal and Corsica are also experiencing untamed wildfires:

Title: "Wildfires rage on untamed in Greece, Portugal and Corsica"

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/French-summer-wildfires-ravage-over-2-000-11815849.php

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« Reply #259 on: August 16, 2017, 03:25:52 AM »
An extreme wildfire event has taken place in Northwest Territories, Canada with 1.19 million acres being burned in approx. one day. Robertscribbler has a good article up on it right now.

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« Reply #260 on: August 16, 2017, 06:39:06 PM »
Yesterday's Worldview image shows northwestern Canadian smoke.  Some of it clearly (sic!) going to the Arctic.  I expect today's image will be worse.
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« Reply #261 on: August 16, 2017, 10:31:15 PM »
Wow. I had read the headlines, but hadn't seen the images yet. Impressive.
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« Reply #262 on: August 16, 2017, 10:47:08 PM »
We have very smoky ground-level air here in Minneapolis, apparently from Saskatchewan fires, which are 10 times more widespread this year than normal...if there is a 'normal' any more...
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« Reply #263 on: August 17, 2017, 01:28:38 AM »
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/336767/canada-wildfires-apocalyptic-kiwi-pilot

Canada wildfires 'apocalyptic'

A New Zealand helicopter pilot fighting enormous wildfires in Canada says everyone works in an ''apocalyptic twilight'' amid the worst conditions he has experienced in 25 years.


A couple amazing pictures and lots of good descriptions here.

See also: https://robertscribbler.com/2017/08/15/area-burned-in-severe-northwest-territory-wildfires-doubles-in-just-one-day/

Area Burned in Severe Northwest Territory Wildfires Doubles in Just One Day
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« Reply #264 on: August 17, 2017, 04:38:47 AM »
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« Reply #265 on: August 17, 2017, 08:47:01 AM »
Here's worldview images of the highest concentrations of fires.
The first image uses bands 7-2-1. The scale is 500m/pixel.

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« Reply #266 on: August 17, 2017, 02:47:15 PM »
Good grief... with fires like that, what is stopping the entire landscape from going up? Only the turning of the seasons, I suppose.

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« Reply #267 on: August 19, 2017, 09:25:35 AM »
Here is a nice NASA articles about the record smoke from Canada entering the Arctic, including nice links for further read.

“If and when the plume drifts over populated areas, it may turn day into night,” added Mike Fromm of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. “There’s that much aerosol in the air.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=90759&src=nha
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« Reply #268 on: August 19, 2017, 03:13:16 PM »
I told you so:

Smoke is not good for your health, neither in the 1990'ies, when the Tobacco Industry paid deniers to hide the truth, nor this summer, when a new NH pattern of wall-to-wall fires are trying to wreack havoc with the health of our Arctic ecosystems.

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« Reply #269 on: August 19, 2017, 03:22:51 PM »
The linked article provides a nice summary of what has been happening with Canada's wildfires over the past week and a half:

Title: "Canada's forests are on fire, and the smoke is so thick it's breaking records"

http://mashable.com/2017/08/17/canada-is-on-fire-smoke-record-arctic/?utm_cid=hp-r-1#40cC5rxJkqq7

Extract: "Forests in Canada are ablaze, with 2.2 million acres going up in flames so far this year in British Columbia alone. These fires, and others in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, have been belching smoke into the air, in some cases up to 8 miles high."
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« Reply #270 on: August 19, 2017, 06:11:07 PM »
The smoke above the Northwest Passage, but viewed from below:

http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/07/the-northwest-passage-in-2017/#comment-222890
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« Reply #271 on: September 01, 2017, 01:43:24 PM »
U.S.:  While the south and mid-section deal with rain, the west is record hot, and dry.

The desert near Burning Man festival is literally burning
RENO, Nev. — Despite the dust, the Burning Man party keeps going in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada.

The main route into Burning Man was closed Wednesday night because of a rapidly expanding wildfire but reopened Thursday. Bureau of Land Management officials said that area of Nevada 447, about 70 miles northwest of Reno on the edge of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, could close again.

High-voltage electric transmission lines already have been damaged in the fire, which ignited during a dry thunderstorm Thursday. The community of Empire, which has the last general store before participants make the drive to Burning Man, could be threatened in the future, according to the BLM.

The BLM spokesman, John Gaffney, said the lightning-caused Tohakum 2 Fire remained at more than 30,000 acres — almost 50 square miles — overnight. Officials have no word yet on when it will be contained. ...
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/30/wildfire-closes-main-route-between-reno-burning-man/619363001/
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« Reply #272 on: September 02, 2017, 12:53:14 PM »
“It’s not the typical nighttime fire behavior,” Stewart told KNBC-TV. “We’re using every resource we have.”

Los Angeles, California:

Burbank residents ordered to evacuate as 2,000-acre wildfire rages toward homes
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-brush-fire-verdugo-20170901-story.html
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« Reply #273 on: September 02, 2017, 01:29:31 PM »
California governor declares wildfire state of emergency
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1BD013
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« Reply #274 on: September 02, 2017, 08:23:36 PM »
 Los Angeles, California.

‘Unique’ La Tuna Fire Scorches 5,000 Acres in Verdugo Mountains, Becomes Largest Blaze in L.A. City History
http://ktla.com/2017/09/02/la-tuna-fire-scorches-about-3000-acres-in-verdugo-mountains-evacuations-remain-in-burbank-l-a/amp/
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« Reply #275 on: September 03, 2017, 07:08:51 AM »
"A force de chercher de bonnes raisons, on en trouve; on les dit; et après on y tient, non pas tant parce qu'elles sont bonnes que pour ne pas se démentir." Choderlos de Laclos "You struggle to come up with some valid reasons, then cling to them, not because they're good, but just to not back down."

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« Reply #276 on: September 03, 2017, 07:50:14 PM »
La Tuna Canyon wildfire

More Than a Thousand Firefighters Battling Largest Wildfire In Los Angeles History
More than 1,000 firefighters continue to battle a wildfire that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the biggest wildfire in the city's history.

At least 700 homes in Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale remain under evacuation orders as the so called La Tuna Canyon wildfire threatens structures in the Sunland-Tujunga area of northern Los Angeles. At least three homes have been destroyed and one is damaged, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

"This is a slow burning, 'backing' fire (meaning it burns down hill) and we have resources at the base of the hills to defend homes," the Los Angeles Fire Department said Saturday afternoon in a press release. "When the fire encounters a canyon, it can accelerate and burn uphill. Yesterday the wind was erratic and we are watching closely to see what weather develops today." ..
https://weather.com/amp/news/news/los-angeles-wildfire-la-tuna-canyon-california.html


Largest wildfire in Los Angeles history forces hundreds to evacuate
https://mobile.twitter.com/i/moments/904288333613998080
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« Reply #277 on: September 04, 2017, 02:20:13 AM »
Everywhere we look, the world is overheated.

Wildfires continue to threaten homes and force evacuations in Eastern Washington, Oregon and British Columbia

https://mobile.twitter.com/seattletimes/status/904496866959732736

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« Reply #278 on: September 04, 2017, 05:10:21 AM »
Striking image from the La Tuna fire.


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« Reply #279 on: September 04, 2017, 02:40:48 PM »

Fort McMurray wildfire finally extinguished after 15 months

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-finally-extinguished-after-15-months

The fire — first spotted on May 1, 2016, before entering Fort McMurray two days later — was declared extinguished on Aug. 2, said Lynn Daina of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

At its height, the May 2016 wildfire burned an area of 589,552 hectares, or 5,895 square-kilometres.

Even after the fire was declared under control on July 4, 2016, embers burned throughout the area during the fall. As the days grew colder, it burned underground and remained there throughout winter.
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« Reply #280 on: September 04, 2017, 03:49:58 PM »
When will the record heat, wildfire danger end in the western US?
The heat wave that has shattered records and exacerbated wildfires across the western United States will continue into midweek, but relief is on the way for parts of the region.

The latest burst of heat brought the hottest conditions ever recorded in downtown San Francisco as the mercury soared to 106 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, Sept. 1. The previous record of 103 was set on June 14, 2000.

Dozens more all-time and daily record highs were set from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, and Missoula, Montana, over the weekend.

The hot, dry conditions fanned the La Tuna Fire north of Los Angeles, which has charred over 7,000 acres and burned three homes since Friday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. This is the city’s largest wildfire in terms of acreage, Reuters reported.

California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency declaration for Los Angeles County on Sunday due to the severity of the blaze.
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/when-will-the-record-heat-wildfire-danger-end-in-the-western-us/70002636
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« Reply #281 on: September 05, 2017, 12:47:42 AM »
Incredible #wildfire smoke sweeping coast to coast today. #GOES16 (prelim, non-op) maps dense smoke from #Oregon thru #Montana to #Colorado.
https://twitter.com/UWCIMSS/status/904837092005564416
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« Reply #282 on: September 05, 2017, 05:04:10 AM »
Wildfires are so bad in and around the Willamette Valley near Eugene, Oregon...that the Ducks had to move today's practice about 1 hour to the west of Eugene....to the Oregon coast.

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« Reply #283 on: September 05, 2017, 09:28:28 PM »
When we say the West is burning, this is what we mean:
Scores of huge fires ripping through tinder-dry forests, blanketing the US in smoke.
https://twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/905129440094519296
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« Reply #284 on: September 06, 2017, 09:34:35 AM »
Not much info on South America but the situation seems equally bad.


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« Reply #285 on: September 06, 2017, 06:27:06 PM »
After burning for months, Montana looks like a fiery apocalypse
https://twitter.com/wxshift/status/905454836396806144

there is so much smoke in Seattle, I took this picture without a filter...you can see sun spots
https://mobile.twitter.com/ohmetimothy/status/905455769381781504
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« Reply #286 on: September 07, 2017, 01:28:07 AM »
A wildfire is blackening Oregon's verdant Columbia Gorge, cutting a path of
devastation. Here's our full story:
https://t.co/WIP9vvKe2d

https://twitter.com/APWestRegion/status/905555158481895424
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« Reply #287 on: September 07, 2017, 02:55:12 PM »
A large group of hikers on a popular trail became stranded.

Police Say Teenage Boy Suspected Of Starting Massive Oregon Wildfire
Police say they have identified a 15-year-old boy suspected of setting off fireworks that may have sparked a massive wildfire raging outside Portland, Ore.

"It is believed he and others may have been using fireworks which started the forest fire along the Eagle Creek Trail," Oregon State Police said in a news release.

Authorities say an investigation is still underway into the blaze that started Saturday and has so far consumed more than 30,000 acres of forestland, choking the air and raining down ash on the nearby metropolitan area. ...
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/06/548857077/teenage-boy-id-ed-in-oregon-wildfire-that-stranded-more-than-100-hikers
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« Reply #288 on: September 07, 2017, 09:05:12 PM »
U.S.:  Washington state.

These photos of golfers calmly finishing their games as wildfires rage in the background are totally real
https://twitter.com/weeddude/status/905864572380352512

These Photos Of People Golfing During A Massive Wildfire Are Extremely 2017
Definitely a metaphor.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/ishmaeldaro/wildfire-golfing-photos
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« Reply #289 on: September 08, 2017, 09:11:13 PM »
Nice video on the Women in Wildfire Training Camp offered by @LosPadresNF  Application deadline 9/18!
https://mobile.twitter.com/CaFireScience/status/906230818330341376
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« Reply #290 on: September 13, 2017, 11:43:19 PM »
I've been checking the CIFFC site from time to time to see what's up with the Canada wildfires. I just noticed that the burned hectares number has jumped a lot the last month. Also the 2016 numbers are gone (column zeroed out). Maybe just some simple mistake? However, the 2017 area burned seems a bit worrying.

View the "Today's sitrep" here http://www.ciffc.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=27. Numbers at the bottom of the report.


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« Reply #291 on: September 15, 2017, 07:27:56 PM »
You can get the 2016 burned/burning number by date directly. For example 2016 up to Sept 15:

http://www.ciffc.ca/firewire/current.php?lang=en&date=20160915

2016 had less than half of this year's burned area to this point.

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« Reply #292 on: September 16, 2017, 04:53:24 PM »
Oooh, nice. I've been wondering how to do that.

Looking back a handful of years it is interesting to note that 2016 was a mild year overall, in spite of the Fort McMurray fire.
2015, 2014 and 2013 all had greater area burned than this year to date.

You can get the 2016 burned/burning number by date directly. For example 2016 up to Sept 15:

http://www.ciffc.ca/firewire/current.php?lang=en&date=20160915

2016 had less than half of this year's burned area to this point.

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« Reply #293 on: September 17, 2017, 05:55:09 PM »
US wildfire costs exceed $2 billion, a record amid a year of extremes

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/U-S-fire-costs-push-past-2-billion-a-record-12199292.php

The wildfire season that has leveled hundreds of homes, closed roads and parks, and sent hazy smoke into major cities across the West has become the most expensive in U.S. history, officials said Thursday, marking another chapter in a year of brutal extremes linked to climate change.
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« Reply #294 on: September 18, 2017, 08:47:19 PM »
@DrWxologist: We are picking up smaller fires much more quickly w/ GOES-16 [satellite]. Can also use fire RGB for intensity info for partners. #NWAS17
https://twitter.com/cjschultz57/status/909849239622098945

One case study in [Kansas/Oklahoma], new GOES-16 satellite detected new wildfire 12 mins before the first 911 call reporting it.  Game changer. #NWAS17
https://twitter.com/MorganKIRO7/status/909849577943191552
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« Reply #295 on: October 02, 2017, 04:31:29 PM »
The linked article discusses how climate change is making wildfires bigger and more frequent around the world:

Title: "Stark Evidence: A Warmer World Is Sparking More and Bigger Wildfires"

http://e360.yale.edu/features/the-evidence-is-clear-a-warmer-world-means-more-wildfires

Extract: "The increase in forest fires, seen this summer from North America to the Mediterranean to Siberia, is directly linked to climate change, scientists say. And as the world continues to warm, there will be greater risk for fires on nearly every continent.

“Evidence is becoming more and more overwhelming,” says Flannigan, that climate change is spreading fires around the world. Globally, the length of the fire weather season increased by nearly 19 percent between 1978 and 2013, thanks to longer seasons of warm, dry weather in one-quarter of the planet’s forests. In the western United States, for example, the wildfire season has grown from five months in the 1970s to seven months today.

The number-crunching now shows an increased risk for fire on nearly every continent, says Flannigan, though most of the work has focused on North America, where there is a larger pot of funding for such research."
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« Reply #296 on: October 09, 2017, 05:14:25 PM »
This is as bad as it can get.  Massive fires developing overnight,  saw a video from 4 AM of hospital patients being evacuated.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/2-big-wildfires-prompt-evacuations-in-Napa-County-12262945.php
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« Reply #297 on: October 09, 2017, 05:35:38 PM »

The number-crunching now shows an increased risk for fire on nearly every continent, says Flannigan, though most of the work has focused on North America, where there is a larger pot of funding for such research."

The solution is fairly obvious. We need to cut the available funding for such research.

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« Reply #298 on: October 09, 2017, 06:46:31 PM »
Northern California has had fire weather warnings out for days.  Last night:

Incredible video of patients being evacuated from Kaiser Hospital in #SantaRosa #NapaFire
https://twitter.com/10NewsJason/status/917384517186330626
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Wildfires erupt overnight in wine country
http://wildfiretoday.com/2017/10/09/wildfires-erupt-overnight-in-californias-wine-country/

Governor declares emergency as wildfires ravage Sonoma and Napa counties, forcing mass evacuations in wine country
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-napa-fires-20171009-story.html

>1000 people evacuated as tens of thousands of acres burn in Napa & Sonoma County, Calif.
"It looks like Armageddon"
https://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/917424978412359682
Images below and at the link.

A ridge top burns behind a vineyard in Napa on Monday morning.
https://twitter.com/MicahGrimes/status/917422723764191232

Last image below: fires visible on MODIS satellite.

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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #299 on: October 09, 2017, 07:03:36 PM »
Several destructive wildfires have forced evacuations in Napa County & Sonoma County in California: (link: http://ow.ly/lpKX30fKvKY)
https://twitter.com/breakingweather/status/917427067691700225
Article, video, images at the link.  Image below.

Santa Rosa residents wake to widespread damage. #TubbsFire #JourneysEndPark
https://twitter.com/kurtisalexander/status/917411019961462784
Video at the link.

Santa Rosa Police 30 minutes ago:  UPDATE: Evacuation map has expanded.
https://twitter.com/Santa_Rosa_PD/status/917426631802630144
Map below.  More info at the link.

Approaching Kaiser in Santa Rosa, this is the smoke we see at Range & Bicentennial. @CBSSF
https://twitter.com/jackie_ward/status/917430851448725505
Image below.

9:30 am satellite w/ dense smoke plumes from multiple fires being spread by NE winds still locally gusting to 30 mph.
https://twitter.com/ggweather/status/917432669821997057
Satellite image below.
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