The smoke from the fires and California reached the east coast as firefighters continue to battle flames



Raw video: Aerial images of the Sacred Fire in California

The Holy Fire in Southern California has burned more than nine thousand acres.

A smoky haze caused by the forest fires of California stretches from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains to Sacramento and San Francisco seems to have grown as far east as New York and parts of New England.

The National Weather Service revealed on Wednesday that the smoke from the fires has made its way to the East Coast and beyond. A map shows the smoke spreading across the country, they are more than a kilometer above the surface.

“Another card showed a lot of smoke in the vicinity of the surface, even in New England,” NWS San Diego said on Twitter.

The smoke from the western fires is making it all the way to the East Coast and beyond (at least in the air, usually over a kilometer above the surface). Here is the vertically integrated smoke (HRRR model from last night). Another card showed a lot of smoke in the vicinity of the surface, even in New England.

— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) August 8, 2018

Firefighters in California are battling at least three major forest fires that have claimed the lives of eight people, including three firefighters in the Carr Fire in the area of Salvation.


On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as an arson fire in the Cleveland National Forest forced more than 20,000 people from their homes.

The four-day-old fire, called the Holy Fire in the canyon where it started, in the vicinity of Lake Elsinore is a consuming brushy foothills, ridgetops, and canyons. It has black 16 square miles and is only five percent contained.

Forrest Clark, 51, is charged with arson and other crimes and could face life in prison if convicted. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.

The wind speed and the temperature dropped as night fell, but strong winds could pick up again Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned.



Fire tornado caught on camera in the middle of California, Carr fire

Meanwhile, two large fires — the name of the Mendocino Complex Fire is the largest in the history of California were burning more than 100 miles north of Sacramento.

The crews have reaches a tipping point and is 51 percent containment of the Mendocino Complex — actually the twin fires that are fought each other. The fire destroyed more than 100 houses and has black an area the size of Los Angeles.

The members of Cal Fire take photos while a plane drops water on the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore, California


The burning grew explosively in the past two weeks in the wind whipped the flames through the forest and countryside, full of wood and brush that is bone-dry from years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat.

Firefighters have nearly contained a large fire near Yosemite National Park.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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