The escalating situation throughout all three west coast states continues to plague property, natural growth, and the quality of the air around us.
Just this morning, authorities in Clackamas County had to expand their evacuation orders to nearly Beaverton, which could in time span far enough to concern Portland.
For now, many outside of the evacuation zones will be forced to deal with the product of the fires: the smoke. With aid offered by the Red Cross, strategy and tips given by health authorities, and at least a few more days of poor quality ahead of us, it’s important that the scale of the issue is understood.
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Thanks to some help from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Meteorology branches, we can see just how large the scale of the wildfires is via satellite feeds, and the coverage of the smoke that they are producing.
Sunrise this morning across the West Coast reveals a very large volume of smoke extending into the eastern Pacific. Critical fire weather continues across portions of the region today. pic.twitter.com/3fChW8h9Lf
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) September 9, 2020
Satellite imagery continues to show several very active wildfires burning across western Oregon and southwest Washington. Multiple evacuation orders are in effect. Follow the advice given by your local authorities to keep you and the firefighters safe. #ORwx #WAwx #pdxtst pic.twitter.com/AS1Eub0uKS
— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) September 9, 2020
SATELLITE SPOTLIGHT: It’s not just California that is battling #wildfires, Oregon is ablaze too—seen here yesterday evening from @NOAA‘s #GOES17🛰️. According to @OregonOEM, there are at least 35 active fires, including the #BeachieCreekFire, #LionsheadFire, & #AlamedaFire. #ORwx pic.twitter.com/1VIMKlFP5P
— NOAA Satellites – Public Affairs (@NOAASatellitePA) September 9, 2020
The evolution of the Oregon & N. California fires over the last 12 hours.
— CIRA (@CIRA_CSU) September 9, 2020