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There are currently 103 large, active wildfires burning in the West, which have destroyed over 1.5 million acres of land so far. Most of those fires have been in California and Oregon, but there is even one in the eastern US, burning in Florida. These massive fires emit high concentrations of smoke, and the upper-level weather pattern is allowing for that smoke to track from the West Coast to the East Coast of the US, allowing for hazy and perhaps smoky skies as well as lower air quality. This HRRR model animation for the next 36 hours (beginning Wednesday morning) illustrates the vertically integrated smoke, or the total smoke, in the atmosphere by concentration. The brighter colors signify higher concentrations of the smoke. As to no surprise, most of it is in the West. Downstream to the East, the smoke moderates as it moves farther from the source. Notice how…