Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a natural-color image of smoke plumes across Oregon and Washington on October 9, 2022.
“The fire season normally winds down in the Pacific Northwest in the fall, but several blazes continued to light up forests in Oregon and Washington well into October 2022,” says NASA.
“In Washington, smoke from the Bolt Creek Fire and Goat Rocks Fire amassed in a network of valleys in the Cascades. In Oregon, a long smoke plume extended to the west and created hazardous air quality in Oakridge. Smoke from the fire has also degraded air quality in Portland, Eugene, and Roseburg at times during the past week.”
According to NASA, much of the smoke in Oregon was from the Cedar Creek Fire in Willamette National Forest. The fire, which was triggered by lightning, has been burning since August.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory