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 25, 2016

Aug. 25 Air Quality Report for Rail Fire -- Weather and Smoke Synopsis

Weather: Today will remain stable and dry with a northly flow aloft.  Temperatures will be in the 70s, minimum relative humidity will be 15-24%, and winds will be light and terrain driven, except north winds on ridges gusting to 20 mph in the afternoon.  The inversion will lift around 9:00AM.  Tomorrow the flow will shift to northwest, then west on Saturday.  The weekend will be much warmer, drier, and windier.
Fire Activity: The fire is 47% contained at approximately 32,500 acres.   Patches of unburned fuel within the fire area continue to burn until consumed.  Mop-up of smoldering material continues on the west, north and east perimeters. The south flank of the fire remains active, as the fire moves slowly south within the Monument Rock Wilderness.  Again today, when conditions allow, containment lines will be strengthened with burnout operations. 
Smoke Summary:  Yesterday, smoke conditions were Good in all communities in the impact area.  Again today, Unity, John Day, Prairie City, Baker City, Vale and Burns will have Good conditions.  Smoke from fires in Idaho and Washington may contribute to haze in the area.  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.
Burns
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions and hazy skies.
Unity
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good conditions.
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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