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The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is not just tracking but also using sophisticated models to forecast the impact of smoke from wildfires in California and elsewhere. The HRRR-Smoke site allows users to see actual fires (based on satellite data), near-surface smoke (which impacts breathing), and vertically-integrated smoke (showing the spread of smoke in the atmosphere). hwp-viz.gsd.esrl.noaa.gov/smoke/index.html# (This image shows the near-surface smoke forecast for this afternoon.)
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