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 16, 2016

August 16 Air Quality Report for Rail Fire -- Weather and Smoke Synopsis

Fire behavior was very active yesterday during the late day and into the late night due to warmer and drier conditions, poor overnight humidity recoveries, and a strong night time thermal belt.  Fire activity is expected to be the same today as temperatures will be warmer with a moderate increase of stability.  Transport winds are expected to be out of the west then shifting to the northwest after 4:00PM.  Surface inversion is predicted to lift around 11:00 AM.  Crews today will patrol and mop-up the north, east and south lines of the fire.  Fire crews are still prepping the westside of the fire in preparation for future burn-outs when conditions allow.  Most growth yesterday was due to the main fire growing into burnout lines. Unity conditions in the morning will vary from Very Unhealthy to Hazardous  smoke levels but will become a Good to  Moderate level around 12:00PM.  Baker City, Burns, John Day, Prairie City and Vale will have Good smoke levels today. Prairie City and John Day may have Moderate smoke conditions early in the morning.  Expect smoke settling in overnight.
Air Quality Outlook
Sites with air quality monitor
Site
Yesterday Observed Midnight-Midnight   
August 15, 2016
Today Forecast  August 16, 2016
Tomorrow Outlook
August 17, 2016
Worse Time of Day Impacts
 
John Day
Good
Good
Good
Expect smoke Moderate smoke levels early in the morning turning to Good levels today and tonight.
Baker City
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good smoke levels today with possible hazy skies overnight.
Burns
Good
Good
Good
Expect Good smoke levels today.
Unity
Hazardous
2:00AM – 11:00PM
Hazardous
3:00AM – 12:00PM
 Hazardous
2:00AM – 12:00PM
Conditions in the morning will vary from Very Unhealthy to Hazardous smoke levels but will become Good to  Moderate level by 12:00PM.
 
Good: day-night
Moderate: day-night
Moderate: day-night
Prairie City
Good
Good
Good
Expect smoke Moderate smoke levels early in the morning turning to Good levels today and tonight.
Sites without a monitor
Site
Today
Tomorrow
Worse Time of Day Impacts
Vale
Good
Good
Expect Good smoke levels today with possible hazy skies overnight.
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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