Intense smoke from the historic wildfires that is filling emergency rooms in the western U.S. is now clouding skies all the way to the northeastern corner of the nation. High-level winds associated with the jet stream flowing from the Pacific Northwest to northern Plains states and over to the northeastern U.S. are now carrying smoke thousands of miles from their origin.
Along the fiery West Coast, the fires have killed at least 36 people and burned through an area larger than the state of Connecticut. Smoke levels are currently fluctuating between unhealthy and hazardous for Oregon and southwest Washington. Fortunately for the Great Lakes and the Northeastern U.S., the smoke is located up at the jet stream level and residents aren’t breathing it.