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Wildfire smoke has spread across much of California

Wildfire smoke has spread across much of California. Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows an enormous amount of smoke lingering over California on October 1st as the shocking 2020 wildfire season rages on. 

According to Cal Fire, more than 3.7 million acres in California have been burned since the beginning of the year. 

In recent days, the smoke has intensified and spread across much of the state.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Airnow system reports that many sensors across the state are recording air quality levels that are considered unhealthy and even hazardous. 

The image was captured on October 1, 2020 Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NOAA-20 satellite.Wildfire smoke has spread across much of California California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States of America. With over 39.3 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area, and is also the world’s thirty-fourth most populous subnational entity. California is also the most populated subnational entity in North America, and has its state capital in Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation’s second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively.[13] Los Angeles is California’s most populous city, and the country’s second-most populous, after New York City

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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