California Wildfire Smoke Impacts Southwest Virginia Through Sept. 18

< 1 min read Smoke from the wildfires in the western states is forecasted to impact Southwest Virginia later this week.

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Photo Credit: (Darrin Dayton) The wildfire smoke has impacted the west coast Monday, Sept. 14.

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By Dustin Staples | dstaples1@radford.edu

While the New River Valley forecast has been showing signs of fall-like temperatures and calm conditions, there is a different story out west in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Over the last few weeks, there have been reports of 85 wildfires blazing, according to the National Interagency Fire Center and National Weather Service office in California.

Nearly 4.7 million acres of land have burned, and a total of 35 deaths have occurred in three states from the West Coast Wildfires.

According to WSLS10 Meteorologist Chris Micheals, the New River Valley will begin to feel a small effect from California wildfires, as the smoke will be traveling in the jet stream, starting today and continue through Friday, Sept. 18. 

The smoke will cause air quality to go down slightly and make breathing issues more prevalent, according to airnow.gov.