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 13, 2015

8/13/2015 Air Quality Report for SW Oregon

Air Quality Report for Southwest Oregon                     Issued for August 13, 2015
Rogue River-Siskiyou and Umpqua National Forests     Time: 10:30am

Smoke Synopsis:
Yesterday: Widespread smoke impacts remained in SW Oregon as AQ remained mostly at Moderate levels. Shady Cove and Tiller areas continue to be impacted by smoke from the Stouts Creek fire. Crescent Fire was leading smoke producer for SW Oregon with additional contributions from Collier Butte and Stouts. Roseburg, and Eugene area also at Moderate.

Today: Smoke dispersion will be better than it was yesterday as wind speeds increase. Winds are expected to dilute the smoke and prevent high level AQ impacts although a lot of smoke remains in the area. However, Red Flag (winds & RH) conditions are forecasted east of the Cascades. There is a concern for increased fire growth and subsequent increased smoke production. Areas near and downwind of wildfires may experience Unhealthy or USG AQ levels. This includes Shady Cove and Prospect. Crescent Fire in Crater Lake NP is expected to be the major smoke producer with additional contributions from Collier Butte and Stout.  Upper transport winds will continues to dominant from the NW west of the Cascades with S/SE flow east of the Cascades.  Crater Lake NP is being impacted by Crescent Fire, part of National Creek Complex. Check NPS webcams for status. http://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

Tomorrow: Meteorology indicates potential for more tranquil winds and generalized soupy smoke conditions. Surface and upper air wind speeds will not be as strong and smoke accumulations will not clear out quickly.
Prepared by Air Resource Advisors: Gary Curcio (gary.curcio@gmail.com)
 and Janice Peterson (
jlpeterson@fs.fed.us)

Air Quality Outlook:
Location
Yesterday
August 12th
Today
August 13th
Tomorrow
August 14th
Comments
Cave Junction
Moderate
Moderate
Good

Grants Pass
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate

Klamath Falls
Good
Good
Moderate

Medford
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate

Provolt
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate

Shady Cove
Moderate
USG
USG
Stout's Fire with NW flow is expected to impact Shady Grove area
Eagle Point 19
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate

Jacksonville 215
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate

Ashland 216
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate

Tiller 23
USG
USG
USG
Stout’s Cr. Fire causing periods of dense smoke at times in area of Milo, Tiller, and Drew. Slight wind shifts cause Unhealthy smoke levels.
Prospect 16
Moderate
USG
USG
Stout's Fire with NW flow is expected to impact Prospect.
Disclaimer:  Air quality predictions reflect only fine particulate matter (PM2.5). Sensitive individuals including people 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, contact your doctor or health professional.

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




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