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).


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Aug. 30 Air Quality Report for Rail Fire -- Weather and Smoke Synopsis

Weather: Cloud cover today will bring slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity.  Temperatures will be in the 70s, minimum relative humidity will be 12-17%.  Winds will be South-Southwest 8-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph on ridges.  The inversion in Unity will lift around 1100AM.  Wednesday will continue the trend of cooling temperatures, improving humidity, and increased stability. 
Fire Activity: The fire is 65% contained at approximately 39,600 acres.  Fire activity Monday was primarily consumption of unburned interior fuels in the Monument Rock Wilderness.  Work to secure containment lines and mop-up continues around the wilderness perimeter.  A couple of small spot fires occurred and were contained.   
Smoke Summary:  Monday, smoke production increased somewhat from Sunday and moved over Unity to the Northeast.  As a result, smoke conditions were Good in all communities except Unity and Baker City.  Tuesday, expect similar smoke impacts to Monday.  Unity and Baker City will have Moderate conditions.  The inversion in Unity will be more noticable than in the past several days.  John Day, Prairie City, Vale and Burns will have Good conditions.  
Air Quality Outlook
Sites with air quality monitor
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Notes for today’s forecast
John Day
Good
Good
Good
Good throughout the day
Baker City
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Smoky skies throughout the day
Burns
Good
Good
Good
Good throughout the day
Unity
Moderate

Moderate

Moderate
Smoky throughout the day
Prairie City
Good
Good
Good
Good throughout the day
Sites without a monitor
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Notes for today’s forecast
Vale
No data
Good
Good
Good throughout the day
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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