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posted by martyb on Wednesday July 21, @11:23PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]

Wildfires in US West blowing 'so much smoke' into East Coast:

Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West shrouded the sky and led to air quality alerts on parts of the East Coast on Wednesday as the effects of the blazes were felt 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) away.

Haze hung over New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as strong winds blew smoke east from California, Oregon, Montana and other states on the opposite end of the country.

The nation's largest wildfire, Oregon's Bootleg Fire, grew to 616 square miles (1,595 square kilometers)—just over half the size of Rhode Island. Fires also burned on both sides of California's Sierra Nevada, Washington state and other areas of the West.

The smoke blowing in 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. So far this year, Seattle and Portland have largely been spared the foul air as the weather and winds push the smoke east.

People in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere with health issues like heart disease and asthma were told to avoid the outdoors. Air quality alerts for parts of the region were in place through Thursday.

[...] Fire crews have had to retreat from the flames for 10 consecutive days as fireballs jump from treetop to treetop, trees explode, embers fly ahead of the fire to start new blazes and, in some cases, the inferno's heat creates its own weather of shifting winds and dry lightning. 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).


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:28PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:28PM (#1158955)

    Share and enjoy. :)

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:31PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:31PM (#1158956)

      And that's just the weed. Wait til the fires start!

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:44PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:44PM (#1158961)

      From the blow it out your ass dept.

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by shortscreen on Thursday July 22, @07:05AM (1 child)

      by shortscreen (2252) Subscriber Badge on Thursday July 22, @07:05AM (#1159061) Journal

      I was all over the searchy-searchy, looking for any story about a celebrity moving from east to west. Then I could make a dumb joke post that said "East coast retaliates for smoke by sending you _____."

      But I'll be darned. No matter what search terms I used, the headlines were always about people leaving California. ┐( ̄ヘ ̄;)┌

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:32PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:32PM (#1158957)

    Why should good God-fearing people in Pennsylvania have to suffer for the sins of the hipsters in Oregon and the sodomites in California?

    • (Score: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:37PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:37PM (#1158959)

      Don't mention it. Share and enjoy. :)

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @12:05AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @12:05AM (#1158969)

      Why should good God-fearing people clean-beautiful-coal miners in Pennsylvania have to suffer for the sins of the hipsters in Oregon and the sodomites in California?

      FTFY.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @01:35AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @01:35AM (#1158981)

      You haven't been to Pennsylvania lately have you?

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by khallow on Thursday July 22, @03:21AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday July 22, @03:21AM (#1159009) Journal
      Take it up with God. Maybe he likes hipsters better or something.
    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:47PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:47PM (#1159156)

      Why should good God-fearing people in Pennsylvania have to suffer for the sins of the hipsters in Oregon and the sodomites in California?

      Maybe God is trying to tell you something?

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by c0lo on Thursday July 22, @02:37AM (10 children)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday July 22, @02:37AM (#1158999) Journal
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @02:46AM (8 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @02:46AM (#1159002)

      Pretty much the same weather pattern last year.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @03:39AM (7 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @03:39AM (#1159010)

        And all future years. Pffft wake me up when the whole world is burning down.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @03:50AM (6 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @03:50AM (#1159013)

          I won't wake you up cuz you be long dead.

          Good chance I'd be dead too so...

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @03:58AM (5 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @03:58AM (#1159015)

            .... so let's fuck. The world's finished, I'll bring the poppers.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:10AM (4 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:10AM (#1159022)

              Look, man. I don't swing that way. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but...

              Try the next door.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:14AM (3 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:14AM (#1159024)

                I always try the back door.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @11:19AM (2 children)

                  by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @11:19AM (#1159090)

                  They ask you [Prophet] about crescent moons.
                  Say, ‘They show the times appointed for people, and for the pilgrimage.’
                  Goodness does not consist of entering houses by the back [door];
                  the truly good person is the one who is mindful of God.
                  So enter your houses by their [main] doors
                  and be mindful of God so that you may prosper

                  Qur'an 2:189 (Haleem translation)

                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:46PM (1 child)

                    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:46PM (#1159155)

                    Some humans don't have a front door. What now, Prophet?

                    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @09:16PM

                      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @09:16PM (#1159240)

                      I think maybe he was saying - do not expect righteousness from one who fails to provide a front entryway to their abode.

                      ...or maybe - make a living honestly in plain view without relying on "back-channels" and kickbacks.

                      ...or maybe - something about employing inappropriate ports of entry in your personal life.

                      Who knows for sure? It remains a curiosity.

    • (Score: 2) by corey on Friday July 23, @12:02AM

      by corey (2202) on Friday July 23, @12:02AM (#1159282)

      Sorry that’s not America, not really news here. :)

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:10AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:10AM (#1159021)

    The rest of the world is used to Americans blowing so much smoke

    • (Score: 0, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @05:07AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @05:07AM (#1159037)

      Hur hur hur. My gosh you've got to be the funniest person you know.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @05:36AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @05:36AM (#1159049)

      >> The rest of the world is used to Americans blowing so much smoke up

      FTFY

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by oumuamua on Thursday July 22, @02:02PM (1 child)

    by oumuamua (8401) on Thursday July 22, @02:02PM (#1159115)

    I would guess these forest fires are not accounted for in CO2 emissions forecasts. It also has a reinforcement component; the hotter it gets the more fires are to be expected until it all turns to desert.

    • (Score: 2) by Joe Desertrat on Thursday July 22, @08:21PM

      by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Thursday July 22, @08:21PM (#1159217)

      I would guess these forest fires are not accounted for in CO2 emissions forecasts. It also has a reinforcement component; the hotter it gets the more fires are to be expected until it all turns to desert.

      Well, I like desert.
      A lot of forests in regions bordering on arid and semi-arid regions sprouted in the moister climate that occurred as the last "ice age" was ending. They would not regrow in the current climate, even without the effects of climate change.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @08:50PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @08:50PM (#1159231)

    Wildfires in US West Blowing "So Much Smoke" into East Coast

    Audience: How much smoke are they blowing?
    Gene: 'Wildfires in US West Blowing "So Much Smoke" into East Coast that blank.'

    Let's give the panel a minute to fill in their best gags and then we'll ask contestant #2 what she thinks they wrote.

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