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Satellite data shows carbon monoxide from wildfires spreading in atmosphere

TORONTO – As fire crews try to gain control of raging wildfires in Yosemite National Park, Calif., NASA has released animation detailing just how the pollution from these fires spreads across the country.

An instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite, called the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, shows the spread of carbon monoxide pollution from California’s Rim Fire near that national park and other wildfires across North America. Fires that were spreading in the Northwest Territories can also be seen.

The satellite monitored carbon monoxide concentrations at an altitude of 5.5 km.

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