Why is it Smoky Again?

Liz McGiffin

Yesterday, you may have noticed a little bit more of a haze limiting your visibility and giving us more bright red sunrises and sunsets. This smoke is not from any new fires in the area, but from fires that are still burning, like the Gasquet Complex.

A big contributor to the smoke making its way up here is a shift in wind. High pressure, which has also been bringing us sunshine and hot temperatures, has been rotating around over us in a clockwise pattern. As the high pressure system started to push to the east, winds started to shift to be more southerly. Since we have active burning fires to our south, the wind grabbed onto the smoke and pushed it back up our direction.

As we come to the end of fire season we could still see some smoky days until the fires across the west are not just contained, but officially stop burning.
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