Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 20, 2021

Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks Smoke Update

from Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
Air quality in the parks has been noticeably affected this week by wildfires burning throughout the state of California! The first image was taken in the foothills this morning, compared to a day a few weeks ago with less particulate matter in the air.
Even fires burning hundreds of miles away from the parks can have significant impacts on our local air quality, due to the way that air currents move and get trapped against the western side of the Sierra Nevada.
Click read more to continue and see photos.
Midday air quality in the parks has been ranging from “unhealthy for sensitive groups” to “unhealthy for all” in different areas. This means that it’s advisable to limit your physical activity. Also, be prepared that scenic vistas might be less scenic than usual!
Want to learn more about air quality in the parks? We highly recommend exploring the many resources available here: https://www.nps.gov/seki/learn/nature/airqualityinfo.htm

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