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Wildfire smoke from Canada expected to drop into Whatcom County

The Sun is visible behind clouds amidst heavy wildfire smoke (September 16, 2020). Photo: Whatcom News

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Smoke from several wildfires burning in the nearby Canadian providences of British Columbia and Alberta is expected to begin arriving in Whatcom County tomorrow, Tuesday, July 4th.

BlueSky Canada smoke forecast for July 4, 2023 as of July 3rd

A Friday post to the Washington Smoke blog, a partnership between state, county, and federal agencies, and Indian tribes, said they were “keeping an eye on the wildfires burning in Alberta and British Columbia–shifting conditions to winds from the north could lead to smoke impacts in Washington State next week. At this time it’s uncertain how much of that transported smoke will reach the surface and how much will stay above us in the atmosphere.”

Renowned Pacific Northwest weather forecaster, Cliff Mass, says to expect smoke to arrive in the upper atmosphere today. Tomorrow’s high temperatures is expected to enable smoke to reach the surface layers.

Forecasters agree this will be a short-lived event since westerly winds are expect by Thursday that will flush the smoke away from the area.

Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program air quality forecast as of July 3, 2023.
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