Wildfire smoke is blanketing much of the West, and it’s getting worse by the day.
“A large plume of wildfire” smoke from California is drifting east, CBS 4 reports, and should merge with smoke from the fires in northern Colorado on Saturday to create a a thick haze.
The National Weather Service in Boulder, Colorado, said while the California smoke is already visible, there will be “much MORE smoke coming.”
At least five people have died and tens of thousands of people in the Bay Area were forced to evacuate in California, where/and more than 771,000 acres have been scorched, The Sacramento Bee reported. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that the state is battling 560 wildfires in the state, according to The Bee.
We have a smoky sky from the CA fires this morning, but there's much MORE smoke coming from yesterday's burning there. This smokier air will reach the northern CO mountains by this evening and NE Colorado by Saturday morning. https://t.co/l5cwYNlIel https://t.co/BffERQ6ENK https://t.co/nBRYSqOrhR
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) August 21, 2020
In Colorado, four major wildfires have burned across the state and burned more than 180,000 acres, according to Colorado Public Radio.