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).


Monday, August 29, 2016

Wildfire smoke, ash affecting Rogue Valley

The Gap Fire burning in Klamath National Forest in California is impacting air quality in the Rogue Valley. The fire is in Seiad Valley about 90 minutes southwest of Ashland. The 24-hour air quality monitors for particulate matter 2.5 are currently yellow or moderate in Ashland, meaning sensitive groups such as children and older adults should consider reducing prolonged outdoor activity. All other air quality monitors in the area are currently green or good.

Conditions may change throughout the day. Check the latest air quality readings and sign up for alerts in your area. For the latest information on wildfires visit InciWeb.

Also check out EPA's Air Quality for Particle Pollution to better understand forecasts.

Aug. 29 Air Quality Report for Rail Fire -- Weather and Smoke Synopsis

Weather: A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today from 2:00PM to 9:00PM due to very low relative humidity, strong gusty winds, and very unstable atmospheric conditions.  Temperatures will be in the high 70s to high 80s, minimum relative humidity will be 8-15%.  Winds will be South-Southwest 10-15 mph, gusting to 30 mph on ridges.  Tuesday will bring a 25% chance of thunderstorms and a gradual cooling trend for the week.
Fire Activity: The fire is 60% contained at approximately 39,000 acres.  Fire activity Sunday was primarily blacklining in support of containment lines along the south and east perimeters adjacent to the Monument Rock Wilderness. 
Smoke Summary:  Sunday, smoke production from the fire was significantly reduced from Saturday. As a result, smoke conditions were Good in all communities in the impact area.  Monday, will be different, with Moderate conditions impacting Unity and Baker City.  Overnight Easterly winds will bring slightly elevated levels to John Day and Prairie City Monday morning.  Vale and Burns will have Good conditions.  
Air Quality Outlook
Sites with air quality monitor
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Notes for today’s forecast
John Day
Good
Good
Good
Hazy morning before afternoon clearing
Baker City
Good
Moderate
Moderate
Smoky skies this afternoon
Burns
Good
Good
Good
Good throughout the day
Unity
Good

Moderate

Moderate
Smoky throughout the day
Prairie City
Good
Good
Good
Hazy morning before afternoon clearing
Sites without a monitor
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Notes for today’s forecast
Vale
No data
Good
Good
Good throughout the day
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly. These predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity. AQI estimates for sites do not represent a full 24-hour time period.  Instead they reflect a period of time within the day where smoke impacts would be greatest.
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
None

Moderate
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups*- USG
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           
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

Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
Hazardous
The following groups should remain indoors and keep activity levels low: People with heart or lung disease; children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion
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*  Sensitive Groups include people with heart or lung disease, children, pregnant women and older adults

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Aug. 28 Air Quality Report for Rail Fire -- Weather and Smoke Synopsis

Weather: Today’s weather will be much like yesterday’s but with Southwest winds.  Warm and dry conditions continue: temperatures will be in the mid-70 to mid-80s, minimum relative humidity will be 13-19%.  Winds will be 5-10 mph, gusting to 20 mph on ridges, shifting from Southwest to Northwest around 5:00PM.  Overnight winds will shift from Northwest to Northeast to Southeast.  Monday will see Southwest winds and an increase in mid and high clouds. 
Fire Activity: The fire is 58% contained at 34,369 acres.  Fire activity Saturday was a combination of consumption of unburned fuels within the Monument Rock Wilderness and successful blacklining operations on its east and west perimeters.     
Smoke Summary:  Saturday, fire activity lifted smoke to westerly transport winds, which carried the smoke high above and beyond Vale. Smoke conditions were Good in all communities in the impact area.  Sunday, most smoke impacts will be local to and east of the Monument Rock Wilderness.  Unity, John Day, Prairie City, Baker City, Vale and Burns will have Good conditions.  Baker City and Vale will have hazy skies.  Overnight winds may elevate conditions briefly in John Day and Prairie City Monday morning. 
Air Quality Outlook
Sites with air quality monitor
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Notes for today’s forecast
John Day
Good
Good
Good
Hazy morning Monday before afternoon clearing
Baker City
Good
Good
Good
Good conditions and hazy skies
Burns
Good
Good
Good
Good throughout the day
Unity
Good

Good

Good
Good conditions with smoky skies again to the southeast
Prairie City
Good
Good
Good
Hazy morning Monday before afternoon clearing
Sites without a monitor
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Notes for today’s forecast
Vale
No data
Good
Good
Good conditions and hazy skies
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly. These predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity. AQI estimates for sites do not represent a full 24-hour time period.  Instead they reflect a period of time within the day where smoke impacts would be greatest.
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
None

Moderate
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups*- USG
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           
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

Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
Hazardous
The following groups should remain indoors and keep activity levels low: People with heart or lung disease; children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion
*       Sensitive Groups include people with heart or lung disease, children, pregnant women and older adults




Saturday, August 27, 2016

Aug. 27 Air Quality Report for Rail Fire -- Weather and Smoke Synopsis

Weather: Today’s weather feature will be breezy west winds, gusting to 30 mph in the afternoon and evening.   Continued warm and dry.  Temperatures will be in the mid-70 to mid-80s, minimum relative humidity will be 12-17%.  Sunday will be similar but with winds from the southwest.  Today and Sunday will be marginally unstable. 
Fire Activity: The fire is 55% contained at approximately 33,740 acres.   The active part of the fire is along the southern perimeter where blacklining operations continue to strengthen containment lines ahead of the fire as it moves slowly south within the Monument Rock Wilderness.  Good progress was made again yesterday.   
Smoke Summary Friday, smoke conditions were Good in all communities in the impact area.  A northwest flow contributed to haze aloft between the fire and Vale Saturday, most smoke impacts will be local to and east of the Monument Rock Wilderness.  Unity, John Day, Prairie City, Baker City, Vale and Burns will have Good conditions.  Baker City and Vale will have hazy skies.  Expect smoke settling into the drainages overnight Saturday.   
Air Quality Outlook
Sites with air quality monitor
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Notes for today’s forecast
John Day
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions.
Baker City
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions and hazy skies.
Burns
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions.
Unity
Good

Good

Good
Expect Good conditions.
Prairie City
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions.
Sites without a monitor
Site
Today
Tomorrow
Notes for today’s forecast
Vale
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions and hazy skies.
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly. These predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity. AQI estimates for sites do not represent a full 24-hour time period.  Instead they reflect a period of time within the day where smoke impacts would be greatest.
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
None

Moderate
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups*- USG
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           
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

Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
Hazardous
The following groups should remain indoors and keep activity levels low: People with heart or lung disease; children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion









*  Sensitive Groups include people with heart or lung disease, children, pregnant women and older adults