If you think it’s a little smoky today, just wait ’till tomorrow

National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Lipson points out plumes of smoke heading toward the Wind River Basin on Wednesday. The smoke is primarily coming from two huge wildfires in Northern California. Photo h/t Ernie Over

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Wildfires to the west of Wyoming are beginning to impact local air quality. Smoke from the giant Carr Fire near Redding, California, and the Mendicino Complex Fire 80 miles north of San Francisco is heading our way, according to the Riverton National Weather Service Forecast Office.

Meteorologist Dave Lispson told County10.com Wednesday that a high pressure system in the Southwest United States is creating a clockwise flow over the California wildfires and that flow will be circulating into the Montana and Wyoming and the Wind River Basin late today and Thursday.

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The Carr Fire has already burned over 112,000 acres and is only 30 percent contained. Six lives and over 1,500 homes have been lost in the giant blaze, already is one of the biggest in California history. Smoke from the fire has filled the Central Valley and inland areas with acrid eye burning conditions. Air has been ruled unhealthy in the area around Sacramento and the East Bay. Just south of Redding, the Mendicino Complex fires have consumed over 80,000 acres and as of today is only 12 percent contained. Six other fires are burning in the Golden State.

Smoke from the Sharps fire in Idaho, east of , Idaho, started filtering into the basin Monday. That fire has already burned nearly 38,000 acres in the Pioneer Mountains and is only 20 percent contained.

This image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-16) Weather Satellite on August 1st shows the clockwise rotation of winds that will bring smoke from two huge California wildfires into the Wind River Basin by Thursday. Photo h/t Ernie Over
The 11 PM Wednesday smoke forecast from the NWS-Riverton shows moderate amounts of smoke entering the Wind River Basin. 
The 11 a.m. Smoke Forecast from the NWS-Riverton shows heavy smoke entering the Big Horn Basin with moderate amounts of smoke in the Wind River Basin. 
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