Oregon Smoke Information

Map Notes:

The map above is not able to show all state air quality monitors. To see the whole set, go to the left column, under Hot Links
and click on DEQ Air Quality map which will bring up a map with many additional state monitors. Round icons represent permanent state air quality monitors, triangular icons represent temporary smoke monitors (when deployed).

Friday, July 22, 2016

Wildfire smoke affecting Gilliam County

Smoke from the Scott Canyon wildfire in Eastern Oregon may be affecting parts of Gilliam County. The air quality rating for the past 24 hours is currently moderate or yellow at the John Day Dayton and the La Grande Ash Street monitoring stations. Some surrounding areas are registering green or good on the Air Quality Index. To keep an eye on air quality conditions in the area visit: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx or subscribe to Enviroflash Air Quality Alerts http://www.enviroflash.info/ to receive air quality information for where you live.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Public Version of Real-Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon Goes Live

News Release from Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Salem, Ore. -- June 29, 2016 -- The Real Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon (RAPTOR) is now available for the public to view incident data about wildfires, areas impacted by flooding, live weather radar, contact information for county emergency managers and more. 

"This application enables users to view and interact with critical maps, aerial imagery, hazards, weather and event related data via the internet anywhere anytime," says Daniel Stoelb, Geographic Information Systems program coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. "These maps offer information about what is happening geographically within our area."

RAPTOR is a web mapping application that allows users to spatially display interrelated and aggregated information from various systems in a geospatial platform. Specific elements of information include weather watches and warnings, local storm reports, live weather radar, road closures/delays, and active incidents. The public can access the application at http://arcg.is/1XVxzQ2.

RAPTOR supports Oregon's emergency operations plan by sharing information before, during, and after an incident such as a flood or wildfire. It allows OEM to develop, implement and share information with local and state partners, and enhances Oregon's overall disaster readiness.

For more information about RAPTOR, contact Daniel Stoelb, GIS program coordinator at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, at daniel.stoelb@state.or.us.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Wildfire Smoke Inhalation Prevention -- A Message from The North Central Public Health District

Caring For Our Communities

In the midst of wildfire season, North Central Public Health District would like to remind residents to take precautions to avoid illness due to wildfire smoke inhalation.
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.
Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and all residents should limit their exposure to smoke. Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, are advised to stay indoors when the air-quality is poor.
Please visit the DEQ Air Quality Index found at the link below. The DEQ site is updated hourly and is color-coded for easy to read information. Unfortunately, the only permanent monitor for our region is in The Dalles, with Gov. Camp, Madras and Hermiston being the next closest monitors. A link is also provided below with information on the 5-3-1 Visibility Index if there is not a monitor near you.
Please take the following precautions to avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:
1. Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area. See the links below for DEQ’s Air Quality Index and Oregon Smoke blog.

2. Avoid outdoor exertion during such conditions. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity including sports practice, work and recreation.

3. Drink lots of water - staying hydrated can keep your airways moist which will help reduce symptoms of respiratory irritation such as scratchy throat, running nose and coughing.

4. Try to avoid driving in smoky areas. If you do need to drive in these areas, keep your windows rolled up and vents closed. If you need air conditioning, make sure you set your system on “re-circulate” to avoid bringing smoke into your car.

5. Avoid smoke by staying indoors, closing all windows and doors and use a filter in your heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter.

6. People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems, should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.

Please see the attached Wildfire Smoke & Your Health FAQ and visit the helpful links below for additional information:
DEQ’s Air Quality Index for current air quality conditions
DEQ’s 5-3-1 Visibility Index for estimating smoke levels via visual observation
Oregon Smoke blog for the latest on fires and air quality across the state
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet about the health threats from wildfire smoke
(For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at www.ncphd.org.) The district serves Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam Counties.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Keeping an eye on air quality

A number of tools are available to help you gauge air quality in your area. But one tool is right under your nose – well actually right above it. How far you can see on a given day can be a good indicator of air quality. The 5-3-1 visibility index can help you estimate smoke levels and decide what precautions to take.

This exercise will give you a good excuse to step outside – on a clear day.

First, determine your visual range by scoping out distant targets or familiar landmarks that you know are a given distance away.

If you can see 15 miles away the air quality is generally good. In the 5- to 15-mile range air quality is moderate and probably healthy except for sensitive groups such as those with respiratory conditions, particularly the closer to the 5-mile marker you get.

Here’s where the 5-3-1 index kicks in:

Under 5 miles
Air quality is unhealthy for young children, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness. People in these groups should minimize outdoor activity.

Under 3 miles
Air quality is unhealthy for everyone. Young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness should avoid all outdoor activities.

Under 1 mile
Air quality is very unhealthy, and in some cases may be hazardous. Everyone should avoid all outdoor activities.

Remember, if you feel like you are having health effects from smoke exposure, take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality.

Learn more about the 5-3-1 index here and check out the air quality data from across Oregon here.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

DEQ issues air quality advisory for several Central Oregon counties

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

News Release



Release date:  June 9, 2016


Contacts: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, benenati.katherine@deq.state.ar.us

Jennifer Flynt, Public Affairs Specialist, Portland, 503-229-6585, flynt.jennifer@deq.state.or.us


DEQ issues air quality advisory for several Central Oregon counties


Central, Oregon -- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality urges residents in Crook, Deschutes, Klamath, and Jefferson counties to take precautions from smoke caused by fires burning in central Oregon and California.

High smoke levels can create health problems for even healthy people so remember to limit your exposure to smoke by keeping windows and doors closed, reducing the time you spend in smoky areas and avoiding strenuous outdoor activity. The elderly, children and those with respiratory diseases can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of smoke.

Smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly, depending on weather conditions including wind direction. For instance, on Wednesday evening elevated readings were reported in Prineville where air quality readings were back to normal ranges – at least for the time being -- on Thursday morning.

People can conduct a visual assessment of smoke levels to quickly get a sense of air quality levels and take precautions.

A number of wildfires have occurred in central Oregon over the last few days, including the Akawana wildfire north of Sisters.

Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information on active fires and air quality, along with tools to help people assess smoke levels in their area. The site is an effort by city, county, tribal, state and federal agencies to provide information for Oregon communities affected by wildfire smoke. You can also follow them on Twitter: @ORSmokeBlog.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wildfire smoke affecting Prineville

The Akawana fire, about 13 miles north of Sisters and four miles west of Geneva, has grown to about 2000 acres, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon District. Steady winds from the west are driving the fire, which was sparked by lightning Tuesday June 7.
The air quality rating in the Prineville area is currently moderate, while surrounding areas are still good. To keep an eye on air quality conditions in the area visit: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx or subscribe to Enviroflash Air Quality Alerts http://www.enviroflash.info/ to receive air quality information for where you live.
Earlier today the evacuation notice was upgraded from level one “get ready” to level two “get set.” People in the area should evacuate if the level is raised to three.
Updates on the fire can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4772/
The Central Oregon District is also posting updates on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon/ and on Twitter (@ODF_COD).

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wildfire smoke affecting Klamath Falls

Wildfire smoke may affect those in and around Klamath Falls. The smoke is most likely from the Draw Fire, which had grown to about 400 acres by Monday evening. Winds were hampering efforts to contain the lightning fire about 20 miles northeast of Chiloquin. The fire was originally reported around 8 p.m. on June 5.

Smoke may be visible and heavy at times in the areas around Chiloquin and Klamath Marsh. For the latest updates on wildfires in Oregon visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/38/.