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A Map of 'Smoke Events' Around the World

Fire season is back, and it's not safe to breathe in huge swaths of the world.
July 27, 2018, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Yosemite Smoke
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The Ferguson Fire burning new Yosemite National Park has burned more than 40,000 acres and forced the evacuation of the park.

The Ferguson Fire inspired Patrick May to map smoke events around the world, including smoky conditions from wildfires in Colorado and Montana. Fort Smith, Arkansas makes the map for having the highest smoking rate in the entire nation. Around the globe, the tragic fires in Greece are on the map, as do air pollution meters in cities like Cairo, Egypt (as an example of pollution run amok) and Zabol, Iran (as an example of improvement).

Despite broadening the map's scope to include other forms of smoke, it out some smoke events that should worry any one occupying the planet. Earlier this week, for instance, Southern Oregon, a region of natural splendor and home to public lands like Crater Lake National Park, reported the worst air quality in the country due to smoke from wildfires.

The Carr Fire in Shasta County in Northern California was sending ash the size of dimes falling onto the city of Redding, forcing evacuations of historic Old Shasta and neighborhoods in Redding.

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Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in The Mercury News
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