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Wildfires in Utah: Smoke in Salt Lake from Idaho, Oregon, California


Wildfires in Idaho, California, Oregon and Washington brought smoke to northern Utah over the weekend, resulting in hazy skies and unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups , according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

And officials warn the Hive State could get even smokier.

“Do you think today’s smoke is bad? It could get worse! ”The Salt Lake City office of the National Weather Service tweeted Saturday alongside a model showing a three-day smoke forecast.

According to the National Forest Service, 33 fires are currently burning in the aforementioned states, including four Type 1 incidents in northern California, one in Oregon and one in Idaho. This is an increase of 10 incidents reported from Saturday afternoon.

Type one refers to a “large and complex incident” requiring multi-agency and national resources, according to the National Parks Service.

One of those incidents is the biggest fire of the year in California. Ignited on July 2, the Beckwourth Complex fire burned about 83,926 acres, the Sacramento Bee reported, prompting evacuation orders in eastern Plumas County, about 45 miles north of Lake Tahoe. On Sunday, the fire, which is currently only 8% under control, reached the town of Doyle and burned several buildings, according to the Bee.

Much of the smoke in northern Utah can be attributed to the fire at the Beckwourth complex, the NWS said on Sunday.

Another culprit is Oregon’s Bootleg Fire, a Type 1 incident that has nearly tripled in size since Friday, according to InciWeb data. The fire burned approximately 143,607 acres southwest of the Winema National Forest in southern Oregon.

Although the fires do not appear to be slowing down, the NWS says that on Tuesday central and southern Utah could see improved air quality thanks to a change in weather conditions and an increased likelihood of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

However, the NWS has warned that northern Utah could remain smoky depending on upstream fire conditions. Air quality forecasts in seven Utah counties – Carbon, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, Weber and Box Elder – remain unhealthy for sensitive groups until Tuesday.

The smoky skies arrive as Utah and the West are in the midst of a historic drought. June was the hottest on record in Utah, according to the NWS, and an excessive heat warning remains in effect for most low-lying parts of the state.

Temperatures in St. George hovered around 117 degrees on Saturday, tying the all-time record for Hive State “pending further investigation of the data,” the NWS said.

In addition to Utah, eight states – Arizona, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island – experienced their hottest June on record, while six states – Connecticut, Maine, Montana, Oregon , Washington and Wyoming – had their second warmest June, according to the NWS.

In total, June 2021 was the hottest June on record for the United States.



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Mary Cashion

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