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).


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

8/26/15: Air Quality Report for NE Oregon and surrounding areas

Air Quality Report
Wednesday August 26, 2015
NE Oregon, SE Washington and W Central Idaho            
Prepared by:  Greg Johnson, Air Resource Advisor, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Baker City OR

Some areas in this region have experienced improved air quality over the past 24 hours while areas, particularly Baker and Union counties in Oregon and some valley locations in Idaho, have air quality levels poorer than yesterday.  For instance, Halfway has had PM2.5 levels higher than 100 micrograms per cubic meter fairly consistently, which is Unhealthy.  Baker City also has had Unhealthy air quality since yesterday.  A new monitor was installed yesterday at Riggins Idaho, with PM2.5 levels as high as 650.  Overall air quality there is rated Hazardous.  This is primarily smoke from the Teepee Springs fire approximately 20 miles to the south.  Interestingly, McCall is south of the fire and has had good air quality.  Southeast Washington air quality has improved, with only moderate air quality in Dayton and Walla Walla and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in the Lewiston/Clarkston area.  Air Quality will change very slowly for the better in some locations the next few days, but sunshine and very warm temperatures will favor some fire growth.  The Grizzly Bear and Eagle fires continue to be active and are producing some significant smoke, and the Teepee Springs fire has had extreme activity the past 24 hours, spreading to the north nearly 2 miles.  Therefore, air quality in the Idaho border counties in Oregon as well as the valleys in west central Idaho will continue to be rather poor through tomorrow, with some slight improvement on Friday.  Malheur and Umatilla counties, and those in SE Washington will generally have better good air quality, except for any areas directly downwind of the Grizzly Bear fire in SE WA.  Also, there is the possibility that there could be some significant smoke in Umatilla and Morrow counties tomorrow and Friday from the Cougar fire near Mt. Adams.  It still appears that stronger southwest transport winds will lead to much better dispersion this weekend and into next week, but chances for rain will remain very low over much of this area.
 
Air Quality Outlook:
Site
Wednesday
August 26
 
Thursday
August 27
 
Friday
August 28
 
Comments
Baker City
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
USG
 
Elgin
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
USG
 
Enterprise/Joseph
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
 
Halfway
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
 
La Grande
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
USG
 
Lewiston ID/Clarkston WA
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
 
McCall ID
Moderate
USG
USG
 
Ontario/Payette ID
Moderate
Moderate
Good
 
Pendleton
Moderate
USG
USG
 
Troy
Very Unhealthy
Very Unhealthy
Very Unhealthy
 
Vale
Moderate
Moderate
Good
 
Walla Walla WA
Moderate
USG
USG
 
Weiser ID
Moderate
Moderate
Good
 
 
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
Moderate
Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. For example, people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory symptoms.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups - USG
Although general public is not likely to be affected at this AQI range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air
Unhealthy           
Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects.
Very Unhealthy
 
This would trigger a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects.
Hazardous
This would trigger a health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
Links:
   Oregon Smoke Information:   http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
   AirNow:  www.airnow.gov
   Idaho Smoke Information:  http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/
   Washington Smoke Information:  http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
 
 
Warning: These data 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.
 
1 Since wildfires often occur in remote areas, air monitoring equipment may not be available. The following table provides a quick method to assess air quality in your area. For more detailed information you can go to the following site: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/visibility.htm
Using the 5-3-1 Visibility Index
Distance you can see*
Your are:
 
You have:
·  An adult
·  A teenager
·  An older child
·  Age 65 and over
·  Pregnant
·  A young child
OR
·  Asthma
·  Respiratory illness
·  Lung or heart disease
5 miles
check visibility
minimize outdoor activity
3 miles
minimize outdoor activity
stay inside
1 mile
stay inside
stay inside
No matter how far you can see, if you feel like you are having health effects from smoke exposure, take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality.  You should also see your doctor or other health professional as needed.
* less reliable under high humidity conditions

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