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36 Pit Fire - Smoke Plume from Satellite

These four photos, each taken 30 minutes apart, show a rapid increase in the smoke (still mostly aloft) produced by the 36 Pit Fire due to warm, dry, south-southeast winds.  This increase in activity was anticipated, although without quite as much of a southerly component.  This is good news for locations west and south of the fire, but perhaps not so much for some places to the north. Later this evening as fire intensity lessens, smoke is anticipated drop down into some valleys with poorer air quality in those regions.