LAC-205784 - Wildfire and Smoke Map (2024)

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Hazard Mapping System: Wildfire and Smoke

Fire Detail

Incident Type CategoryWildfire
Fire CauseUndetermined
Fire Discovery Date TimeJune 16, 2024, 12:18 a.m.
CountyLos Angeles
Modified Date TimeJune 16, 2024, 12:24 a.m.

Area Detail


Source: The Wildland Fire Interagency Geospatial Service(WFIGS), Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC), NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations

Reported Fires


(County, State)

CountyStateFire Discoverd Date% ContainedSize (Acres)Estimated Cost to DateEstimated PopulationEstimated Housing Units
Muskegon 02 - Ring Cam - Wildfire

(Muskegon County, MI)

MuskegonMIApril 21, 2024, 1:55 p.m.Unknown95,2192,198
Oceana 01 - Wildfire

(Oceana County, MI)

OceanaMIApril 15, 2024, 3:30 p.m.Unknown13350182
Oceana 02 - Wildfire

(Oceana County, MI)

OceanaMIApril 16, 2024, 1:40 p.m.Unknown2,152956
Oceana 03 - Wildfire

(Oceana County, MI)

OceanaMIApril 16, 2024, 3:09 p.m.Unknown1170181
Lake 05 - Frank Smith Rd - Wildfire

(Lake County, MI)

LakeMIApril 16, 2024, 1:17 p.m.Unknown3568295
Osceola 03 - Wildfire

(Osceola County, MI)

OsceolaMIApril 15, 2024, 4:53 p.m.Unknown2467297
Mason 01 - Wildfire

(Mason County, MI)

MasonMIApril 16, 2024, 6:30 p.m.Unknown31,003804
Midland 02 - Wildfire

(Midland County, MI)

MidlandMIApril 15, 2024, 7:30 p.m.Unknown4553235
Midland 04 - Wildfire

(Midland County, MI)

MidlandMIApril 22, 2024, 1:21 p.m.Unknown2,9711,241
Midland 01 - Wildfire

(Midland County, MI)

MidlandMIApril 15, 2024, 1:20 p.m.Unknown1,342581
Lake 08 - Syers Point - Wildfire

(Lake County, MI)

LakeMIJune 15, 2024, 2:15 p.m.Unknown95188
Lake 06 - Airport - Wildfire

(Lake County, MI)

LakeMIApril 16, 2024, 6:27 p.m.Unknown12944
Midland 05 - Wildfire

(Midland County, MI)

MidlandMIApril 22, 2024, 5 p.m.Unknown2,9161,375
Midland 03 - Wildfire

(Midland County, MI)

MidlandMIApril 21, 2024, 5 p.m.Unknown51,398542
Osceola 04 - Wildfire

(Osceola County, MI)

OsceolaMIApril 16, 2024, 2:21 p.m.Unknown7303140
Clare 10 - Pine St - Wildfire

(Clare County, MI)

ClareMIApril 25, 2024, 3 p.m.Unknown199210
Missaukee 02 - Oak Ridge - Wildfire

(Missaukee County, MI)

MissaukeeMIApril 21, 2024, 1 p.m.Unknown9754436
Roscommon 03 - South Loxley Rd - Wildfire

(Roscommon County, MI)

RoscommonMIApril 21, 2024, 3 p.m.Unknown23,3162,238
Arenac 01 - Wildfire

(Arenac County, MI)

ArenacMIApril 22, 2024, 2 a.m.Unknown414135
Roscommon 02 - Blue Jay St - Wildfire

(Roscommon County, MI)

RoscommonMIApril 16, 2024, 5:35 p.m.Unknown1,5801,923
Ogemaw 01 - Pizza Box - Wildfire

(Ogemaw County, MI)

OgemawMIApril 15, 2024, 1 p.m.Unknown1282102
Ogemaw 02 - Dill - Wildfire

(Ogemaw County, MI)

OgemawMIApril 22, 2024, 1:10 p.m.Unknown188140
Kalkaska 02 - Sigma Road - Wildfire

(Kalkaska County, MI)

KalkaskaMIApril 15, 2024, 3 p.m.Unknown1268189
Crawford 07 - M-72 and Chase Br Rds - Wildfire

(Crawford County, MI)

CrawfordMIApril 16, 2024, 4:29 p.m.Unknown2353368
Antrim 01 - Leafy Greens - Wildfire

(Antrim County, MI)

AntrimMIApril 22, 2024, 5:37 p.m.Unknown850407

Smoke Description

Descriptive text narrative for smoke/dust observed in satelite imagery through June 18, 2024, 7:05 p.m.

Midwestern and Eastern United States/Great Lakes Region/Atlantic Seaboard - A large area of light density remnant smoke attributed to a combination of smoke from several various sources continue to be observed covering much of Midwestern and Eastern regions of the United States, including the Great lakes area and the Northern portion of the Atlantic Seaboard. As the evening progressed, cloud coverage obscured the Southern portion of the Atlantic Seaboard.

Northern California - A plume of moderate to heavy localized density smoke, attributed to a wildfire located northwest of Sacramento was observed continuing its dispersal towards the South. A thick pocket of smoke was observed extending South into the Pacific Ocean.

New Mexico/Missouri/Arkansas - Two fast growing wildfires located in a south-central New Mexico tribal reservation were observed emitting large plumes of moderate to heavy density smoke that were seen dispersing northeast in direction. Since the morning smoke report, a lite to moderate density plume of smoke was observed extending past the central region of Kansas and into western Missouri and Northwestern Arkansas.

Source: NOAA


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Mapping smoke from Canada: As wildfires burn, check the air quality in your area

Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, parts of Wisconsin and Iowa were under an air quality alert Monday because of wildfire smoke coming from Canada.

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LAC-205784 - Wildfire and Smoke Map (2024)


What is the smoke in the atmosphere from wildfires? ›

The Science of Wildfire Smoke

The gases emitted by wildfires, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, contribute to air pollution and climate change. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere, leading to global warming.

How high does wildfire smoke travel? ›

Wildfire fire smoke can ascend as high as 5 miles into the atmosphere1, reaching the troposphere which is the lowest part of the atmosphere where thunderstorms form. The specific height can vary depending on various factors, such as the strength of the fire, weather conditions, and the surrounding terrain.

How does wildfire smoke affect the environment? ›

In addition to contaminating the air with toxic pollutants, wildfires also simultaneously impact the climate by releasing large quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

How do wildfires affect the area? ›

Wildfires Can Affect Infrastructure

Smoke from wildfires can adversely affect regional crops, soil compositions, and vegetation, including wine grapes. Additionally, smoke, soot, and debris deposition in elevated areas can disrupt snowpack development, alter wind patterns, and exacerbate runoff during future storms.

What does wildfire smoke do to your lungs? ›

Many of the particles in wildfire smoke are no larger than one third the diameter of your hair. These particles are so small that they enter and lodge deep in the lungs. Particle pollution triggers asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes—and can kill.

Can smoke in the air cause rain? ›

Clouds of smoke don't necessarily bring clouds of rain. Researchers have found that heavy smoke over the Amazon River Basin interferes with the formation of clouds. This can reduce or delay rainfall, two teams report in the 27 February issue of Science, and it can make the storms that do occur more violent.

Can planes fly in wildfire smoke? ›

While smoke can certainly reduce visibility, it can also present other hazards that pilots and flight crews need to be aware of. One of the biggest risks associated with flying in heavy smoke is the potential damage it can cause to aircraft engines.

How long does smoke stay in the air after a wildfire? ›

Smoke from forest fires can linger in the atmosphere for a couple of weeks as it spreads. While in the air the smoke particles chemically react with trace radicals – molecules with unpaired electrons – to undergo a process known as oxidation.

Is it safe to drive through wildfire smoke? ›

Keep Your Windows Shut

Smoke can hurt your lungs and make you feel sleepy. You can lower your exposure by keeping your windows shut, turning off your outside air vents, and setting your AC to recirculate mode. This will stop the smoke from getting into your car and keep the air inside fresher.

Do trees help with wildfire smoke? ›

Plus, trees can neutralize harmful gases in the air. Some of the best smoke-fighting trees are ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata), London planetree (Platanus × acerifolia), and hackberry (Celtis occidentalis). Ironically, the smoke-tree or smoke-bush (Cotinus coggygria) does not make the list.

Is it bad to be outside in wildfire smoke? ›

The best way to prevent breathing harmful particles in wildfire smoke is to stay indoors. When air quality reaches dangerous levels due to wildfire smoke, the most effective way to reduce exposure and avoid health effects of smoke is to stay indoors with windows and doors closed.

How toxic is wildfire smoke? ›

Studies show that some people exposed to heavy smoke have temporary changes in lung function that makes breathing more difficult. People can also have changes in heart function. Carbon monoxide and small particles are two common substances in smoke responsible for these health effects.

Why don't trees burn in wildfires? ›

Thick bark protects the inner layer of the tree that's actively growing (known as cambium). High moisture content in the wood or leaves means they will not burn as intensely or as quickly. A lack of branches low to the ground prevents flames from climbing into the treetops.

How long does it take for a forest to recover after a fire? ›

For some vegetation types, such as many grasslands, recovery can be fairly quick. Others, such as dense forest with heavy surface fuel loading vegetation, recovery can take a decade and the site may be significantly altered for a century or longer.

What animals are most affected by wildfires? ›

Out of more than 600 species, 50 species experienced fire in 15 to 30 percent of their geographic range. One hundred species contended with fire in more than 10 percent of their habitat, including great gray owls, Pacific martens, wolverines, northern rubber boas, and other species of concern.

What is the toxic smoke from wildfires? ›

All smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and particulate matter (PM or soot). Smoke can also contain different chemicals, like aldehydes, acid gases, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene, toluene, styrene, metals, and dioxins.

What is the smoke that comes out of fire? ›

Smoke is made up small particles, gases and water vapor. Water vapor makes up the majority of smoke. The remainder includes carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, irritant volatile organic compounds, air toxics and very small particles.

Is wildfire smoke like smoking cigarettes? ›

"We try to do the cigarette equivalent, but most likely the wildfire smoke is much more toxic than a cigarette," Nadeau said. A graphic shows the damage particulate matter can do to your lungs.

What is wildfire smoke made of? ›

Composition of wildfire smoke

Smoke from combustion of natural biomass is a complex mixture of particulate matter, carbon dioxide, water vapor, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and other organic chemicals, nitrogen oxides, and trace minerals.


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