The Washington region is currently under an air-quality alert due to smoke from wildfires in the western United States and Canada. The alert is code orange, which means that the air pollution could affect groups like children, the elderly, or those who have asthma or heart and lung issues.
Other metropolitan cities along the East Coast like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia are also under an air-quality alert today. However, a cold front is supposed to move through the DC area that will carry away the smoke Thursday and Friday. Until then, the National Weather Service recommends avoiding exercise or strenuous activity outdoors.
Currently, the wildfires have burned over 1,300,000 acres in 13 states. Extreme temperatures and drought throughout the western portion of the country have contributed to wildfire spread. And this isn’t the first time smoke has carried across the country: This also happened last September, when smoke from West Coast wildfires covered the sky in DC.
Here are some tweets of locals snapping photos of the haze:
There is a thunderstorm right now moving into Arlington and Alexandria but I can’t show you too much because the smoke is so thick. 🥺 pic.twitter.com/hBt8VxjfWE
— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) July 21, 2021
Hard to see the Washington Monument from Navy Yard from all the haze! pic.twitter.com/E95UQSzYtc
— FJ (@felitoj) July 21, 2021
Haze over the Potomac on my morning run, a sad reminder of the urgency of the climate crisis pic.twitter.com/SxC3eWKZRm
— Ellie Sennett (@EllieMSennett) July 21, 2021
THICK HAZE OVER WASHINGTON, DC
Below is the view as of 953 a.m. Wednesday. A cold front will sweep out our haze today. Timing on possible storms—> https://t.co/KUHKNnr3Cp @wusa9 @TenaciousTopper @MiriWeather #DCwx #Maryland #Virginia #WUSA9Weather #WashingtonDC pic.twitter.com/IGzA8nCfHe
— Chester Lampkin WUSA 9 (@chesterlampkin) July 21, 2021
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) July 21, 2021
Thick #haze from smoke from western wildfires causing poor air quality, can barely see the #dulles #airport air traffic control tower. Code orange ozone across the #dmv today. pic.twitter.com/nG0yABC2Qr
— 🇺🇸DC Storms (@DCstorms) July 21, 2021
— Alek Krautmann (@AlekKrautmann) July 21, 2021
— José G. Merino (@JG_Merino) July 21, 2021
there is so much smoke in the atmosphere right now that the Washington Monument cam didn't even catch the sun dipping below the horizon, it just sort of withers away behind all the haze. eerie. pic.twitter.com/9FMqmbMdGR
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) July 21, 2021
My phone doesn't do justice to how weird this wildfire haze hellscape moon is. pic.twitter.com/SYn73AFcTi
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) July 21, 2021
— Caitlin Roth (@caitlinrothfox5) July 21, 2021
— Adem Arac (@AdemAracBack2TV) July 21, 2021