Wildfire smoke from US stretches to Europe

US Wildfires

Smoke from the severe US wildfires burning across California, Oregon and Washington following recent hot and dry conditions has made its way across the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), a science agency that is part of the European Commission. Beginning in California and Colorado in mid-August, the fires spread to Oregon and Washington in early September. “Such transport of smoke at high altitude from North America to Europe is typically seen once or twice a year with wildfires in British Columbia, not the United States,”…

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