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, June 23, 2014

Bryant Fire Morning Update

Incident: Bryant Fire Wildfire
Released: 3 hrs. ago


Bryant Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1

June 23, 2014, 8:00 a.m.

Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School; Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633

Current Situation:

Yesterday fire fighters completed the fire line perimeter. Dozers were used to construct the majority of the fire line perimeter. On the steepest terrain too rugged for dozers, hand crews completed the remaining sections, thus completely encompassing the entire fire.

Today, fire fighters will begin the next stage: mop-up. Mop-up involves fire fighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Mop-up starts along the perimeter and moves toward the center of the fire. Diligent efforts of the crews working around the clock speed up the fire containment and mop up progress

Tonight the ODF IMT 1 would like to invite the community of Bonanza to attend an open house at the high school from 6:30PM to 7:30PM. The team wants the community to feel they have access to the latest fire updates and ability to tour the fire camp to understand the role all fire fighters and support personal play during the suppression efforts.

To date, no reportable injuries have occurred.

For More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3904/

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wildfire breaks out south of Hood River early Tuesday - updated 6:30 a.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters responded to a 50-75 acre wildfire early on June 18 about 10 miles south of the community of Hood River. Reported at 3:45 a.m, the fire is burning on Hood River County forestry land. ODF has four fire engines and one bulldozer at the scene. A helicopter and five hand crews are being dispatched this morning.

The U.S. Forest Service is assisting with a hand crew, a fire engine and overhead personnel.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Conditions in central Oregon are extremely dry for this time of year, and the public is asked to be especially mindful of fire safety precautions when visiting the forest.
For more information: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

News update on the Two Bulls Fire

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/06/two_bulls_wildfire_crews_conti.html#incart_river_default
Brasada Ranch webcam NE of Bend.  Click on link below to go to website.  Camera is looking West.  Select tab for Last 2 hr, or Today, or Yesterday (or select other dates) to see time-lapse video.  Two Bulls Fire can be seen in the distance.

http://brasada.miles360.com/webcam

map of the Two Bulls wildfire, as of Tuesday morning, June 10th:
 

WILDFIRE SMOKE FORECAST
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY WEATHER OFFICE
330 PM PDT MON JUN 9, 2014
SIGNIFICANT FIRE INFORMATION:
Two Bulls Fire – 10 miles NW of Bend, OR.
For updated “Significant Fire” details, visit ODF’s fire blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/ or the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) at http://www.nwccweb.us/index.aspx.
A “Significant Fire Potential” map, for ODF protected lands, is available at (http://nfdrs.smkmgt.com/ODF_Significant_Fire_Potential.png).
AIR QUALITY:
DEQ nephelometer readings returned to near “baseline” levels this afternoon across central Oregon (i.e. Sisters, Bend, Crater Lake) but remain slightly elevated from south-central Oregon across SE Oregon (i.e. Klamath Falls to Burns). Although satellite imagery shows considerably less smoke being produced by the “Two Bulls Fire’ compared to 24 hours ago, there is still some residual smoke along, south, and east of a (Southern Cascades)-(Bend)-(John Day)-(Baker City) line.
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx
SMOKE DISPERSION FORECAST:
Wildfire smoke dispersion depends on the stability of the atmosphere as well as wind direction and speed. A stable atmosphere holds smoke to the ground and an unstable atmosphere allows smoke to rise and dissipate. Smoke is typically mixed to higher altitudes during the afternoon, when daytime heating destabilizes the air mass. Conversely, smoke tends to settle near the ground and in drainages during the overnight and early morning hours.
TODAY:
A stable NW flow aloft is continuing to bring dry weather to the state, with the exception of some morning drizzle along the extreme north coast. An upper-level disturbance cut across Washington today; increasing the onshore flow across Oregon. Transport winds are generally NW-N at 10-20 mph across central Oregon this afternoon; backing to W-NW across eastern Oregon. So long as the increasing winds do not activate the “Two Bulls Fire,” air quality should continue to improve for areas south and east of the fire. If the fire behavior suddenly increases, then areas east-south of the fire will be in the potential path for additional wildfire smoke. Some settling of smoke near the ground is likely tonight, as the air mass stabilizes and winds slacken.
Tuesday:
A dry and stable NW flow aloft should to continue to produce locally brisk afternoon NW transport winds with local drainage flows becoming more dominant Tuesday night. This will lead possible wildfire smoke impacts east-south of the “Two Pulls Fire,” if it is still active.
Wednesday:
The flow aloft weakens as a flat and transitory upper-level ridge moves over Oregon. That will act to decrease the onshore flow and slacken winds across central and eastern Oregon. If the “Two Pulls Fire” is still active, smoke impacts will be possible NE-SE of the fire.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
A stronger weather system is forecast to come onshore Thursday and Friday, bringing cooler temperatures, increasing W-NW winds, and a threat of showers to mainly the northern half of Oregon.
Current Weather Forecasts from the Portland, Medford, Pendleton, and Boise National Weather Service offices are available at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/, http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/, http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/, and http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/boi/ respectively.
Current Western Region Fire Weather Forecasts are available via: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/firewx/main.php.
This bulletin is also available at:
ODF Smoke Management Meteorologist

Monday, June 9, 2014

Additional wildfire information for Central Oregon http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/
map of the Two Bulls wildfire, as of Monday morning, June 9th:

WILDFIRE SMOKE FORECAST
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY WEATHER OFFICE
1155 AM PDT SUN JUN 8, 2014
SIGNIFICANT FIRE INFORMATION:
Two Bulls Fire – 10 miles NW of Bend, OR.
For updated “Significant Fire” details, visit ODF’s fire blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/ or the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) at http://www.nwccweb.us/index.aspx.
A “Significant Fire Potential” map, for ODF protected lands, is available at (http://nfdrs.smkmgt.com/ODF_Significant_Fire_Potential.png).
AIR QUALITY:
DEQ nephelometer readings are indicating the presence of significant smoke in Sisters, Bend, and Crater Lake, with elevated smoke levels as far south as Klamath Falls. Satellite imagery is detecting a smoke plume extending southward, from the “Two Bulls Fire,” across south-central Oregon; turning southeastward across NE California, northern Nevada, and into western Utah.
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx
SMOKE DISPERSION FORECAST:
Wildfire smoke dispersion depends on the stability of the atmosphere as well as wind direction and speed. A stable atmosphere holds smoke to the ground and an unstable atmosphere allows smoke to rise and dissipate. Smoke is typically mixed to higher altitudes during the afternoon, when daytime heating destabilizes the air mass. Conversely, smoke tends to settle near the ground and in drainages during the overnight and early morning hours.
TODAY:
A stable NW flow aloft is continuing to bring dry weather to the region. Transport winds are generally NW-N across central Oregon; veering to the N-NE across south-central Oregon. However, local SE-SW transport winds are also pushing smoke from the “Two Bulls Fire” get into Sisters, Oregon. Areas of smoke will likely continue from near Sisters to Bend; southward to Klamath Falls this afternoon and evening, with the heaviest smoke concentrations nearest to the active fire. Stabilization of the air mass tonight could also lead to locally increased levels of smoke, as inversions form; trapping smoke near the ground.
Monday - Wednesday:
A dry and stable NW flow aloft should to continue to produce generally NW transport winds during the daytime periods with local drainage flows becoming more dominant in the overnight periods. This will lead possible air quality impacts, in all directions, in the immediate proximity of the “Two Bulls Fire;” possibly extending SE-SW of the wildfire to the California border.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
A stronger weather system is forecast to come onshore Thursday; bringing cooler temperatures, increasing W-NW winds, and a threat of showers and thundershowers to central Oregon.
Current Weather Forecasts from the Portland, Medford, Pendleton, and Boise National Weather Service offices are available at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/, http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/, http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/, and http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/boi/ respectively.
Current Western Region Fire Weather Forecasts are available via: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/firewx/main.php.
This bulletin is also available at:
ODF Smoke Management Meteorologist
Link to additional information on the Two Bulls wildfire https://www.facebook.com/TwoBullsFire
2014 Wildfire Smoke Season is Underway!

The Two Bulls fire located 10 miles NW of Bend, OR is causing smoke impacts in Bend this morning. Smoke from the fire was captured in yesterdays MODIS satellite image.  As of this morning, the fire had burned 6,187 acres and was 5% contained.