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PM 2.5 Surges As Wildfires Rage in California

By Aclima on September 21 2020

As six of the largest 20 fires in California history poured smoke into the atmosphere in recent weeks, and new fires were sparked in Oregon and Washington, the skies over the Bay Area and beyond were blanketed in smoke and at times turned unnerving shades of orange. Reports of ash falling flooded social media as entire towns were evacuated due to the fires.

Topics: Wildfire San Francisco PM 2.5 California West Coast Mobile Mapping
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California Air Quality During Lightning Complex Fires

By Aclima on August 28 2020

On August 16, 2020, more than 10,000 lightning strikes pummeled the Bay Area, sparking wildfires across the region. Twelve days later, two of the three largest fires ever recorded in California history are still burning. Aclima scientists analyzed both regulatory and Aclima data to identify patterns in the impacts of these lightning complex fires on air quality.

Topics: PM 2.5 California Air Quality Bay Area
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Cleaner Air Throughout California

By Aclima on April 14 2020

Californians have now been sheltering in place since March 20. While social distancing is slowing the spread of COVID-19, it’s also significantly reducing air pollutant and greenhouse gas levels across the state. Residents from San Diego to Sacramento are seeing clearer skies and breathing cleaner air, even in the center of cities that rarely experience a noticeable reduction in air pollution.

Topics: California Air Quality Covid-19