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 Air Quality Now tab below
and click on DEQ's Air Quality Index 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).


Sunday, August 19, 2018

News Release: DEQ, SWCAA issue air quality advisory for Southwest Washington, Portland metro, North Coast, Willamette Valley

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Southwest Clean Air Agency have issued an air quality advisory for portions of Southwest Washington, Portland, the Oregon North Coast and much of the Willamette Valley. 

Conditions are expected to worsen this evening and smoke is expected last through Wednesday. In Oregon, the advisory covers the following counties; Benton, Clatsop, Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill. Lane County is not currently under the advisory, but conditions there could worsen in the next few days depending on weather and wildfire conditions. Check http://www.lrapa.org/ for the latest advisories there. 


In Washington, the advisory covers Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties. 
In Oregon, an air quality advisory remains in place for Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties where wildfire smoke has affected air quality for the last month. 


Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly. Residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store. 


The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ 


The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for all groups. Maroon is hazardous. 


People can take the following precautions: 
- Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places with highest concentrations. 
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions. 
- If you have heart disease, asthma or other respiratory ailments, or are over 65, you have a higher risk of illness from wildfire smoke. 
- Small children and pregnant women are also at increased risk. These residents are encouraged to stay indoors. 
- People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers. 


Oregon's monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves. 


Contact: DEQ: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-600-6119, benenati.katherine@deq.state.or.us 

Sunday and Monday Smoke Outlook for Southern Oregon and Northern California Border


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/California-OregonBorder

Sunday and Monday Smoke Outlook Update for Southwest Oregon Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires



View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/sworegon 

Friday, August 17, 2018

News Release: DEQ issues air quality advisory for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties


Medford, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties, as wildfire smoke continues to affect large portions of Southwest Oregon.
 
Air quality advisories issued earlier in the week for Portland, portions of Northeastern Oregon and the Willamette Valley have expired because conditions have improved there.

Poor air quality has lingered in much of Southwest Oregon since mid-July. While smoke levels may rise and fall, air quality is expected to be a concern for some time due to weather and fire conditions. Air quality conditions were unhealthy for sensitive groups on Friday morning in Medford, Ashland and Lakeview and unhealthy in Shady Cove, Chiloquin and Klamath Falls.

Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly. Residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store.

The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/    

The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for all groups. Maroon is hazardous.

People can take the following precautions:

- Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places with highest concentrations.

- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions.

- If you have heart disease, asthma or other respiratory ailments, or are over 65, you have a higher risk of illness from wildfire smoke.

- Small children and pregnant women are also at increased risk. These residents are encouraged to stay indoors.

- People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers.


Oregon's monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves.


Friday and Saturday Smoke Outlook for Southern Oregon and Northern California Border


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/California-OregonBorder