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).


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wildfire Air Quality Forecast For John Day Area - August 14, 2014

Central OR & JDICC Wildfire Air Quality Summary Report
Prepared for August 14, 2014,
Kelly Palmer and Andrea Holland, Air Resource Advisors

   Air Quality Outlook
Yesterday’s Elevated humidity and lower temperatures dampened fire behavior to primarily smoldering and creeping activity resulting in minimal smoke impacts.   
Today’s Low pressure brings cooler temperatures, mostly cloudy skies with isolated showers and a 10% chance of wetting rain.   Only a slight increase in fire activity is predicted for today and tonight with mostly smoldering, creeping and isolated torching activity and a minimal rate of spread. Light upslope and ridgeline daytime winds in the South Fork John Day River valley combined with light fire activity should contribute to good air quality with limited and localized smoke impacts.  Similar conditions tonight with downslope winds after sunset will again lead to limited and localized smoke impacts.  Northwest transport winds are predicted to be light and regional smoke impacts minimal to Central and East Central Oregon.
Tomorrow will see similar temperature and humidity conditions.  Fire behavior is not expected to increase. Smoke impacts to communities closest to the South Fork Complex and Bald Sisters fires are expected to be limited to down drainage impacts during early morning hours. 
Site
August 12
AQI
August 13
Today AQI
August 14
AQI
Remarks
Bend
Good
Good
Good

Burns
Good
Good
Good

Dayville
No data
Good
Good

Madras
Good
Good
Good

John Day
Good
Good
Good

Paulina
No data
Good
Good

Prairie City
No data
Good
Good

Prineville
Good
Good
Good

Seneca
Good(est)
Good
Good

Sisters
Good
Good
Good

Unity
No data
Good
Good

PLEASE NOTE: The air quality outlook is based on data from automated instruments that have not been subjected to a quality assurance review to determine their accuracy.  AQI’s estimated for sites with USFS air monitors.
Air Quality Index
Potential Health Impacts
Actions to Reduce Smoke Exposure
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 very small number of individuals.
Sensitive individuals such as those with heart or lung disease, infants, children, pregnant women, or older adults should limit time spend outdoors and avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects.  The general public is not likely to be affected.
Everyone should avoid prolonged exposure to smoke.  Sensitive individuals such as those with heart or lung disease, infants, children, pregnant women, or older adults should minimize exposure by staying inside where air is cleaner. 
Unhealthy
Everyone may begin to experience health effects.  These effects may be more serious for sensitive people.
Everyone should limit time spent outdoors and choose non-strenuous indoor activities.  Sensitive individuals such as those with heart or lung disease, infants, children, pregnant women, or older adults should stay indoors where air is clean.
Very Unhealthy
Triggers a health alert meaning everyone may experience more serious health effects
Everyone should limit time spent outdoors and preferably stay indoors where air is clean.   Staying indoors is especially important for sensitive individuals such as those with heart or lung disease, infants, children, pregnant women, or older adults.
Hazardous
Triggers health warnings of emergency conditions.  Everyone is very likely to be affected by serious health effects.
Everyone should avoid all outdoor activity.  Relief from smoke is best accomplished by leaving for cleaner air.  Alternately, remain indoors  where air is clean.
For more information visit www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Air Quality data can be viewed at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx



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