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).


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Air Quality Report # 01a                    Issued: August 8th 2015 10:30 AM
Gary Curcio and Janice Peterson, Air Resource Advisors

Smoke Synopsis:

Today all valleys (Merlin Galice, Grants Pass, Evans, Rogue River, Illinois & Applegate), will experience smoke at lighter levels than yesterday. In general smoke dispersion is better today. However, the exception will be the Sams Valley and Shady Cove area as Air Quality has been modeled as Unhealthy. Areas South of the combined “horseshoe” transportation route of HWYS 199, 99 & I-5 which travel through the Rogue River Valley, will remain relatively clear of smoke until mid-afternoon. With shifting air flow in the afternoon (becoming west / southwest), smoke from the Collier Butte Fire will move east and eventually impact all valleys through the evening hours. Stouts Creek and Collier Butte fires are the dominant smoke producing fires.



Air Quality Outlook:

Site
Yesterday
August 7, 2015
Today
Saturday
August 8, 2015
Tomorrow Sunday
August 9, 2015
Comments are based on air conditions for a 24 hour period (midnight to midnight)


Cave Junction
Good
Good
Moderate


Grants Pass
Good
Good
Moderate


Klamath Falls
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Heavier smoke impacts in the morning

Medford
Moderate
Good
Moderate


Provolt
Good
Good
Moderate


Shady Cove
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy


Eagle Point 19
No data
Good
Moderate


Jacksonville 215
Moderate
Good
Moderate


Ashland 216
USG
Good
Moderate


Tiller 23
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Heaviest impact midday, lessening in the afternoon

Disclaimer:  Air quality levels affected only by fine particulates are addressed.  Projected conditions can change quickly; they are based on forecasted weather, associated fire activity and dispersion modeling.  Sensitive groups including individuals with asthma or heart disease, infants, children, pregnant women and older adults should take precautions to avoid exposure to smoke. If you experience health effects from smoke, see your doctor or health professional. In some cases your eyes are your best tools, if it is smoky outside you are being impacted.

AQI Index (µg/m3)
Potential Health Impacts
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good (0-12)
Poses 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

















































Links to review:  a) Oregon Smoke Blog- http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
                                  b) AirNow- http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.main
                                  c) WRCC- http://www.deq.state.or.us/lab/aqm/rt/rtHourlyConc.aspx

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