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 20, 2015

8/20/15: SW Oregon Air Quality Report


Air Quality Report # 12 for Southwest Oregon                                                       Issued: August 19,
Rogue River-Siskiyou and Umpqua National Forests                                               

Smoke Synopsis:

Yesterday: Early in the day, SW Oregon experienced elevated smoke levels ranging from high moderate to Unhealthy. Air quality improved as wind direction shifted and wind speeds increased. Burnouts continued at the Crescent, Stouts Creek, and Collier Butte Fires contributing to impacts. Stagnant conditions broke in the afternoon although areas downwind of fires continued to be affected by smoke. Those areas not in the path of the smoke plumes improved considerably.
Today: The passing of a dry cold front scoured much of the smoke out of the valleys in Southwest Oregon. This brought a general improvement to air quality. Winds will remain mostly northwesterly. Locations directly downwind from fires will see continued smoke impacts as the wind will move smoke across those areas.   Burnouts are planned on the Crescent Fire and Collier Butte fires if weather and fuel conditions permit. Crater Lake NP continues to be impacted by Crescent Fire due its proximity to the Crescent Fire and predicted winds. Smoke conditions can be seen by viewing the NPS webcams for air quality status. http://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
Tomorrow:  Smoke Impacts and associated air quality will be similar to today. Areas immediately downwind of fires will be most affected by smoke.

Prepared by Air Resource Advisors: Gary Curcio (252-624-7635, gary.curcio@gmail.com), Janice Peterson (206-484-4353, jlpeterson@fs.fed.us) and Michael McGown (208-994-1316, mcgown.michael@epa.gov))

Air Quality Outlook:

Location
Yesterday 8/19/2015
Today 8/20/2015
Tomorrow 8/21/2015
Comments
Cave Junction
Moderate
Moderate
 
Grants Pass
Moderate
Good
Good
 
Klamath Falls
USG
Moderate
Moderate
 
Medford
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
 
Provolt
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
 
Shady Cove
USG
USG
USG
 
Eagle Point 19
USG
USG
USG
 
Jacksonville 215
Moderate
Good
Moderate
Jacksonville station has been shutdown, Modeled data only after today
Ashland 84
USG
Moderate
Moderate
 
Tiller
No Data
Moderate
Moderate
Modeled data only
Prospect
No Data
Moderate
USG
Modeled data only
Agness
No Data
Good
Good
Modeled data only
Gold Beach
No Data
Good
Good
Modeled data only
Brookings
No Data
Good
Moderate
Modeled data only

AQI Category
(PM2.5 µg/m3)
Potential Health Impacts
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good (0-12)
Little or no health risk
None
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 – USG (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.
Unhealthy (56-150)

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
(151-250)
Triggers a health alert, 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.
Hazardous (>250)

The entire population is even more likely to be affected by serious health effects.
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

Learn more at:      a) Oregon Smoke Blog http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

                                    b) AirNow http://airnow.gov and http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires

                                    c) Oregon DEQ Air monitoring http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

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