Wildfires in US West blowing 'so much smoke' into East Coast

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The Staten Island Ferry departs from the Manhattan terminal through a haze of smoke with the Statue of Liberty barely visible in New York City. 

A bear cub clings to a tree Sunday after being spotted at the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon.

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and SARA CLINE Associated Press

PORTLAND — Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West clouded the sky and led to air quality alerts Wednesday on parts of the East Coast as the effects of the blazes were felt 2,500 miles away.

Strong winds blew smoke east from California, Oregon, Montana and other states all the way to other side of the continent. Haze hung over New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The nation’s largest wildfire, Oregon’s Bootleg

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