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).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Updated Air Quality Report to Bridge 99/Logging Unit/Shaniko Fires

Smoke Synopsis (prepared by Andrea Holland, Air Resource Advisor)­­­­­
    Yesterday’s higher humidities and cooler temperatures coupled with moderately strong winds reduced smoke concentrations in most communities around the Bridge99, Logging Unit Complex and Shaniko Butte fires.  Monitors indicate that yesterday’s air quality was moderate for particulate matter in Madras and Prineville.  Bend and Sisters continued to experience good air quality.
Today’s light winds will hinder smoke from clearing in communities downwind (east) of the Logging Unit Complex and Shaniko Butte fires.  Air quality in Madras and Warm Springs is likely to remain moderate until late afternoon when winds pick up.
Tuesday’s forecast indicates stronger winds associated with storm front.  Morning winds will drive any smoke towards the northeast.  Winds will shift drift smoke to an easterly direction in the mid-afternoon.  Air quality will likely remain in the moderate range for Madras and Warm Springs.   Sisters, Prineville, Bend and Redmond should see continued good air quality.
Wednesday will see wind from a west to northwest direction.  Depending on the level of fire activity in the Logging Unit Complex smoke will impact Madras and Warm Springs. 

Air Quality Outlook (Particulate Matter less than 2.5 ug/m3)
July 20, 2014
Monday forecast
July 21, 2014
Tuesday forecast
July 22, 2014
Warning: The data for 7/20 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.
Warm Spgs

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.

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.
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
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

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