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Smoke from U.S. West Coast fires reach East Coast

A statue of a girl reading sits in Blue River, Oregon near where the library stood before it was destroyed in the Holiday Farm Fire. - AFP
A statue of a girl reading sits in Blue River, Oregon near where the library stood before it was destroyed in the Holiday Farm Fire. - AFP

US: Smoke from the fires ravaging the American West Coast travelled across the continent to reach the East Coast skies over New York on Tuesday, according to meteorological reports.

The smoke was visible in the hazy New York sky, thought it remained well above the ground at 15,000 to 20,000 feet (4,500 to 6,000 metres), according to the site NY Metro Weather.

Thanks to strong pressure systems, the smoke was trapped along the western part of North America for days, making for potentially dangerous air quality in major cities such as Portland, Oregon and Vancouver and San Francisco. But the weather shifted on Monday, carrying the smoke east along the jet stream. It was visible in National Weather Service (NWS) satellite photos from Monday evening.

Both the NWS and NY Metro Weather said the smoke would not cause air quality disruptions on the East Coast like the ones seen in California and elsewhere in the West, and it was expected to dissipate by Wednesday. - AFP


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