Smoke from wildfires in the west reaches the Atlantic Ocean, affecting air quality on the east coast

Smoke from several wildfires burning across California and Oregon has reached the Atlantic Ocean, a National Weather Service meteorologist confirmed on Tuesday.

More than a dozen wildfires are burning in the West, some spanning over 100,000 acres.

The smoke generated by these fires has a long tail, spreading across the country and to the opposite ocean.

The impacts of smoke vary across the United States. In the Midwest, for example, the weather service said expect “more colorful sunsets [the] the next days.”

In Vermont and New York, the impact is more marked. Air quality is currently poor due to forest fires, and opinion are in effect until midnight Tuesday, the weather service said in a statement.

The pollutant of concern in New York City is fine particulate matter, which consists of “tiny solid particles or liquid droplets in the air with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less,” the Weather Service said.

Exposure to fine particles can cause short-term health effects including irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, as well as coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath. Exposure to high levels of fine particles can also worsen pre-existing conditions, including asthma and heart disease.