Is that dust or smoke in the Phoenix area? | Arizona Wildfires

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Is that dust or smoke in the Phoenix area? | Arizona Wildfires

Smoke or dust? ADEQ experts say it was smoke from the forest fires that created foggy skies over our state on Monday. PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Is that dust or smoke? A number of Arizona family viewers have wondered what filled the sky over the Phoenix area on Monday, making things appear hazy and cloudy. Plane of smoke trajectory (Source: ADEQ Twitter) The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) said smoke from the mescal and telegraph fires had moved west to the Phoenix area. The smoke is higher in the atmosphere so the impact on air quality at the surface is minimal. “It looks pretty bad out there, I mean, the sun is shielded, you have that shade of orange, but the smoke monitors we have in the valley we actually have” no higher smoke levels this afternoon, “said the ADEQ meteorologist Matt Pace. Pace said the smoke from the Telegraph and Mezcal fires found its way into valley skies where we can see it with our eyes, but it’s about 15 to 20,000 feet high so we’re not actively breathing. “We don’t see that too often, especially in Phoenix,” said Pace. “It’s not down here on the surface, and there may be local pockets where it’s just a bit down, but for the most part we don’t see widespread smoke on the surface of the valley impacting the ozone layer Atmosphere, which is why ADOT signs are flashing new warnings on local highways, ”said Pace. Our viewers sent us dozens of photos of what the sky looked like from their homes. People in Phoenix, Chandler, Avondale, and even as far as Woods Canyon Lake shared their photos via email and on our Arizona Weather Department Facebook page. Governor Doug Ducey Issues Emergency Declaration for Fires in Mescal, Telegraph As of 2:45 p.m., the highest air quality in the valley near 43rd Avenue and Broadway Road and Higley and Williams Fields were still in the “moderate” range and not considered “unhealthy for.” sensitive groups ”. Read the measured values ​​for your region here. If you see, smell, or taste smoke and it affects you and your family, here are some tips from the ADEQ: If you experience symptoms, move to another area temporarily while you are safe to do so .Stay indoors with the doors and windows closed. Let the air conditioning run on recirculating air with a clean filter or the fan function of your heating system with the heating switched off. Run room air filter devices with HEPA filters. Reduce your physical activity and do not participate in sports. If your symptoms persist or worsen, please contact your doctor. ADEQ says that even people who are considered healthy can experience symptoms when exposed to smoke. ADEQ expects additional smoke to move west on Tuesday. A benefit of the hazy sky? It made things a little cooler in the Phoenix area as we are sweating out with excessive heart warnings this week. Right now we are in the hottest heat wave for Metro Phoenix this year for a few days. Saturday we ended up at 110. Sunday was 113. Monday, by early afternoon, most of the Valley locations were above 110. And it’s getting worse and worse. Tuesday we expect the hottest day of the week with a 117. That will of course set a record for the date. Check the latest forecast from the Arizona Meteorological Agency here. YES … that’s smoke from the forest fires in the east. @ArizonaDEQ correctly predicted this with their smoke forecast on the right. On the left the view from Central PHX to the east on Camelback. News about the fires here: https://t.co/R4ToB4UdjN #TelegraphFire #MescalFire pic.twitter.com/o9neECmsup – Sean McLaughlin 3TV / CBS5 (@SeanOnTV) June 14, 2021 with highly based (dry) thunderstorms & strong gusty emissions This afternoon & 6/15, smoke can move in any direction, causing brief but moderate to heavy smoke impacts on locations near the fire. If smoke is affecting your community: https://t.co/1oDnc3dpY4 https://t.co/DB5B54PO5F – AZDEQ (@ArizonaDEQ) June 14, 2021 Copyright 2021 KPHO / KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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