Oregon Smoke Information

Map Notes:


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and click on DEQ Air Quality map which will bring up a map with many additional state monitors.


Monday, September 22, 2014

36 Pit Fire Monday PM Update - Air Quality Report for 9/22/14

36 Pit Fire
Monday PM Update - Air Quality Report for 9/22/14
Smoldering fuels at the 36 Pit Fire are generating increased smoke close to the ground this afternoon in and around the Clackamas River Valley.  Overnight as the smoke drifts down the valley, air quality can be expected to degrade in Estacada, Springwater, Dodge and the surrounding communities.
36 Pit Fire Report (prepared by Mike Broughton/Janice Peterson, Air Resource Advisors)­­­­

Air Quality Outlook (Particulate Matter less than 2.5 µm in diameter)
Site
Monday
afternoon
Sept 22, 2014
Monday
night
Sept 22, 2014
Tuesday
Sept 23, 2014
Wednesday
Sept 24, 2014
Estacada, Springwater, Dodge
Good
Good becoming USG
USG  am
Good pm
USG am
Good
Hwy 26 Corridor
(Sandy to Rhododendron)
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Good
Molalla
Good
Good
Good
Good
Willamette Valley
Good
Good
Good
Good

AQI Index (µg/m3)
Potential Health Impacts
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good (0-12)
Air quality is satisfactory and poses little or no health risk.
None

Moderate (13-35)
Air quality is acceptable for most. There may be moderate health concern for a small number of sensitive people.
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (36-55)
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.  Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.
Unhealthy
(56-150)
Everyone may begin to experience more serious health effects.
The following groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults.  Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy
(151-250)
Triggers a health alert, meaning everyone may experience more serious health effects
Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
For more information see the Oregon Smoke blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Air Quality data can be viewed at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

Bald Sisters Fire Smoke Update for Sep 22, 2014

Bald Sisters Fire
Air Quality Update for 9/22/2014  by  Dan Chan

Yesterday:
Air quality monitor at John Day measured “Moderate” amount of smoke yesterday. The fire growth was estimated to be 250 acres and this created smoke columns up to a mile high.  However, because of the mostly southwesterly wind last night, smoke settled in drainages to the northeast of the fire and only relative small amount came into Prairie City this morning. 

Today:
John Day measured less smoke this morning than yesterday.   Southeasterly wind is expected for tonight.  Smoke is likely to settle into the John Day Valley, increasing the smoke concentration at Prairie City and John Day tonight and tomorrow morning. 

Tomorrow: 
Strong Southwesterly wind is expected ahead of an approaching cold front from the coast.  This will transport most of the smoke to the northeast of the fire. 

Air Quality Outlook (Particulate Matter less than 2.5 µm in diameter)
Site
Yesterday
Sept 21, 2014
Today
Sept 22, 2014
Tomorrow
Sept 23, 2014
John Day
Moderate
Good
Good

Category
Meaning
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
Air quality is satisfactory and poses little or no health risk.
None.
Moderate
Air Quality is acceptable for most. There may be moderate health concern for a small number of sensitive people.
Unusually Sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor recreation.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups(USG)
Increasing likelihood of respiratory symptoms in sensitive individuals, aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly.
People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should avoid all physical outdoor activity. 
Unhealthy
Increasing aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly; increased respiratory effects in general population.
People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy
Increasing aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly; increased respiratory effects in general population.
People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
Hazardous
Significant aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly; significant increase in respiratory effects in general population.
People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.

Unhealthy
(
56-150)
Everyone may begin to experience more serious health effects.
The following groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults.  Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy
(151-250)
Triggers a health alert, meaning everyone may experience more serious health effects
Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.


36 Pit Fire
Air Quality Report for 9/22/14
Smoke from the 36 Pit Fire drifted southeast yesterday (Sunday) afternoon and evening and resulted in elevated PM2.5 values at the air quality monitor in Madras, although health warning levels did not exceed Moderate at that location.  Today transport winds will push smoke to the northeast to east.  As fire activity moderates, smoke will not loft as high as the last two days so we expect primarily localized air quality impacts in areas near the fire, especially in the Clackamas river valley and possibly as far as the Deschutes river valley.  The fire may receive a little rain on Tuesday with a higher likelihood of rain on Wednesday which will greatly help firefighting efforts.  We don’t expect serious air quality impacts but will remain vigilant.
36 Pit Fire Report (prepared by Mike Broughton/Janice Peterson, Air Resource Advisors)­­­­

Air Quality Outlook (Particulate Matter less than 2.5 µm in diameter)
Site
Monday
afternoon
Sept 22, 2014
Monday
night
Sept 22, 2014
Tuesday
Sept 23, 2014
Wednesday
Sept 24, 2014
Estacada
Good
Good becoming Moderate
Moderate in am becoming Good
Good
Hwy 26 Corridor
(Sandy to Rhododendron)
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Good
Molalla
Good
Good
Good
Good
Willamette Valley
Good
Good
Good
Good

AQI Index (µg/m3)
Potential Health Impacts
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good (0-12)
Air quality is satisfactory and poses little or no health risk.
None

Moderate (13-35)
Air quality is acceptable for most. There may be moderate health concern for a small number of sensitive people.
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (36-55)
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.  Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.
Unhealthy
(56-150)
Everyone may begin to experience more serious health effects.
The following groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults.  Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy
(151-250)
Triggers a health alert, meaning everyone may experience more serious health effects
Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
For more information see the Oregon Smoke blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Air Quality data can be viewed at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx