Early morning satellite images from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveal that the wildfire smoke continues to blanket most of the US West Coast Thursday morning.
Because of this, the air quality remains moderate to even hazardous across this region, including in all major cities on the West Coast.
Hazardous air quality — which are areas with Air Quality Index (AQI) values of PM2.5 pollution well above the hazardous level of 300 — are being reported across the region. Some locations have readings reaching over 600.
Keep in mind that AQI may not account for larger particles such as ash, says the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
More detailed images show that the smoke is settling in and not moving out of the area anytime soon, meaning the smoke will be around Thursday and into the weekend.
As the winds begin to shift today through this weekend, some of the smoke will move further inland.