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Camp Fire: Watch the path of harmful black carbon in smoke blow into the Bay Area

One of the most harmful health consequences of the Camp Fire are the gases and particles emitted in the air to surrounding areas. The fine particulate matter (PM2.5) including a type of aerosol called black carbon—is especially harmful because the particles are small enough to enter the lungs and bloodstream.


NASA’s Earth Observatory has tracked plumes of black carbon from the Camp Fire streaming across Northern California, blanketing San Francisco, Sacramento, and several other communities. Related Articles





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The animation gathers data from satellite, aircraft, and ground-based observing systems. It also takes into account air temperature, moisture, and winds to project the plume’s behavior.
Forecasts expect winds to shift Tuesday giving communities inundated with toxic smoke some welcome relief.

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