Smoke from Southern California fires causes haze in Bay Area

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The fires raging across Southern California are having an impact here in the Bay Area - there's a haze in our atmosphere thanks to smoke billowing from the five major wildfires. (KGO-TV)

There is a bit of a haze in our atmosphere thanks to smoke billowing from five major wildfires in Southern California. Looking at satellite imagery today you can clearly see smoke spiraling from the fires just north of Los Angeles and spilling out into the Pacific Ocean.


High pressure situated over the California/Nevada border is to blame for sending the smoke north. Winds around high pressure flow in a clockwise fashion and those winds are not only sending smoke into the Bay Area, but are also responsible for the strong winds in Southern California that continue to spread the wildfires.



Unfortunately this weather pattern is not changing in the next three days. So a series of Spare the Air days is in effect for Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Bay Area where burning wood is illegal to prevent adding more particulate matter into our hazy air.

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Images show the destructive force of the Thomas, Creek and Skirball wildfires raging in and around Los Angeles.


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