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).


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

9/8/15: Statewide Update for Oregon


Statewide, current air quality in Oregon is good. This is a nice respite from the poor air quality much of the state experienced at various times during the month of August. In recent days there have been no new large fires and only minimal growth on existing large fires. There is some concern the weather will continue to generally warm up and remain dry through the week; this could lead to elevated burning conditions over existing large fires. However, the encouraging news is that new large fire potential is low and no significant lightning is expected until possibly Sunday. Please continue to monitor this website and we will bring you new information about any wildfire smoke impacts as they develop.

9/8/15: Prairie City Air Quality update


Thursday, September 3, 2015

9/3/15: Air Quality Report for NE Oregon and surrounding areas

Air Quality Report, Thursday  September 3, 2015
NE Oregon, SE Washington and W Central Idaho            
Prepared by:  Greg Johnson, Air Resource Advisor, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Baker City OR

Note:  This will be the last Air Quality Report for this region at this time

A cool weather system has moved into the area, lowering temperatures to below normal levels, greatly increasing relative humidities, and creating a few showers.  Some locations had as much as four tenths of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours.  This weather system will linger over the area through Sunday, with showers possible any day, but especially over Idaho sections today and over the entire area Friday afternoon through Saturday night.  Winds will be moderate today, and then become a little less Friday through Sunday.  Fire activity on both the Grizzly Bear complex and Tepee Springs fires has decreased, and the weather should favor good fire management the next 4 days.  Smoke production is less on these fires and on Canyon Creek near John Day, and thus air quality is good in nearly all locations now.  This is expected to continue, except for those valleys nearest these fires which will mainly experience some smoke in the late night and morning hours.
 
Air Quality Outlook:
Site
Thursday
September 3
 
Friday
September 4
 
Saturday
September 5
 
Comments
Baker City
Good
Good
Good
 
Elgin
Good
Good
Good
 
Enterprise/Joseph
Good
Good
Good
 
Halfway
Good
Good
Good
 
La Grande
Good
Good
Good
 
Lewiston ID/Clarkston WA
Good
Good
Good
 
McCall ID
Good
Good
Good
 
Ontario/Payette ID
Good
Good
Good
 
Pendleton
Good
Good
Good
 
Riggins ID
Good
Good
Good
Still possible that Tepee Springs smoke could impact town a few hours each day
Troy
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
If Grizzly Bear fire puts out enough smoke could be in this range; otherwise good AQ
Vale
Good
Good
Good
 
Walla Walla WA
Good
Good
Good
 
Weiser ID
Good
Good
Good
 
 
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
Moderate
Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. For example, people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory symptoms.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups - USG
Although general public is not likely to be affected at this AQI range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air
Unhealthy           
Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects.
Very Unhealthy
 
This would trigger a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects.
Hazardous
This would trigger a health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
Links:
   Oregon Smoke Information:   http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
   AirNow:  www.airnow.gov
   Idaho Smoke Information:  http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/
   Washington Smoke Information:  http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
 
 
Warning: These data have been obtained from automated instruments and have not been subjected to a quality assurance review to determine their accuracy. They are presented for public awareness and should not be considered final. Conditions such as power outages and equipment malfunctions can produce invalid data.
 
1 Since wildfires often occur in remote areas, air monitoring equipment may not be available. The following table provides a quick method to assess air quality in your area. For more detailed information you can go to the following site: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/visibility.htm
Using the 5-3-1 Visibility Index
Distance you can see*
You are:
 
You have:
·  An adult
·  A teenager
·  An older child
·  Age 65 and over
·  Pregnant
·  A young child
OR
·  Asthma
·  Respiratory illness
·  Lung or heart disease
5 miles
check visibility
minimize outdoor activity
3 miles
minimize outdoor activity
stay inside
1 mile
stay inside
stay inside
No matter how far you can see, 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.  You should also see your doctor or other health professional as needed.
* less reliable under high humidity conditions