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, August 22, 2016

Aug. 22 Air Quality Report for Rail Fire -- Weather and Smoke Synopsis

Weather: Today, gusty winds will disperse the morning inversion and continue into the evening.  Ridge level winds will be WNW 11-17 mph gusting to 25-30 mph. Temperatures will be much cooler than yesterday in the upper 70s to low 80s.  Humidity will increase slightly with minumums 11-15%.  The surface inversion in Unity will lift at 10:00AM. 
Fire Activity: The fire is now 35% contained at approximately 30,273 acres.   Fire is consuming unburned islands within the perimeter.  Gradient winds are promoting spotting in mixed conifer on the southern flank of the fire with moderate spread in patchy fuels of the 2002 Monument Fire.  Fuels are bugkill lodgepole pine stands with a large standing dead and down component.  Mop-up continues on the west, north and east perimeters. Reconnaissance of the south side of the fire is complete.  Containment lines will continue to be built in preparation for burnout as the fire progresses. 
Smoke Summary:  Smoke conditions in Unity yesterday were Unhealthy until 10:00AM.  All other forecast areas experienced Good conditions.  Today, most smoke impacts will be local to the fire.  John Day, Prairie City, and Burns will have clear skies. Unity, Baker City and Vale will have Good conditions with hazy skies.  Expect smoke settling into the drainages overnight.   
Air Quality Outlook
Sites with air quality monitor
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Notes for today’s forecast
John Day
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions.
Baker City
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions and hazy skies.
Burns
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions and hazy skies.
Unity
Unhealthy
4:00AM – 10:00AM
Good
morning
 Unhealthy
1:00AM – 12:00PM
Expect Good conditions and hazy skies.

Good:
afternoon - evening
Good:
 afternoon-evening
Good:
afternoon - evening
Prairie City
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions.
Sites without a monitor
Site
Today
Tomorrow
Worse Time of Day Impacts
Vale
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions and hazy skies.
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly. These predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity. AQI estimates for sites do not represent a full 24-hour time period.  Instead they reflect a period of time within the day where smoke impacts would be greatest.
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
None

Moderate
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups- USG
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           
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

Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
Hazardous
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
*  Sensitive Groups include people with heart or lung disease, children, pregnant women and older adults




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