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As California Burns, Smoke Blankets U.S. from Pacific to Rockies

Aug. 9, 2018, 7:30 PM

Where there’s fire, there’s smoke.

With wildfires scorching California and chunks of the U.S. West, NASA satellite images show smoke from those blazes clouding skies across about half the country, from the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains. Smoke alerts have even been posted for Calgary and Saskatchewan, Environment Canada’s website shows.

The smoke—a mix of gases and fine particles from burning trees, plants and people’s homes—can irritate eyes and the respiratory system. It’s especially dangerous for those with heart and lung diseases, particularly children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. More than 100 fires ...

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