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
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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 email@example.com.
Downloadable file: Weather patterns are visible across Oregon on RAPTOR.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
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.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
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Release date: June 9, 2016
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
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
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/.