A cold front is pushing away smoke from wildfires that blanketed the East Coast. But it could return again soon
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 20: The Statue of Liberty sits behind a cloud of haze on July 20, 2021 in New York City. According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, wildfire smoke from the west has arrived in the tri-state area creating decreased visibility and a yellowish haze in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
After a day of poor air quality stretching as far as the East Coast, some people may soon get to breathe a little easier with the help of a new cold front pushing out the smoke created by wildfires in Canada and on the West Coast -- but not for long.
(CNN)After a day of poor air quality stretching as far as the East Coast, some people may soon get to breathe a little easier with the help of a new cold front pushing out the smoke created by wildfires in Canada and on the West Coast -- but not for long.
And in Canada, a state of emergency was declared for British Columbia, where 3,180 firefighters are working on 300 fires across the province, officials said.
In the West, where extreme drought hasn't let up for months, the fires have destroyed structures, led to power outages and compelled Oregon officials to deploy the National Guard to fight the nation's largest wildfire -- the Bootleg Fire -- that has been burning for nearly 10 days.
In California, where the NIFC says eight active fires have already burned nearly 200,000 acres, additional evacuations were issued Wednesday around the Dixie Fire in Butte County.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has pointed to climate change as the culprit behind the fires, ice storms, record-breaking high temperatures and drought emergencies hitting her state.
He said it's possible that another 50,000 to 100,000 acres could burn before the Bootleg Fire is contained.