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, September 1, 2016

Sept. 1 Air Quality Report for Gap Fire -- Klamath National Forest

 
Fire Information:   Fire is 17,032 acres and grew approximately 4,200 acres since 8/31/16.  The fire continues to grow to the north towards the Pacific Crest trail and to the south towards the Klamath River.  Construction of containment lines continues to progress along the west and northwest side of the fire.  The fire is 8% contained.  Crews will continue to use containment lines from recent fires and will build contingency lines south of highway 96.                                                                                     
Weather and Smoke Information: A low pressure system has moved over the west coast and will help bring cooler conditions and slightly higher humidity to the area. Transport winds are expected out of the southwest today. Interstate 5 is getting impacted by smoke from Weed to Yreka and may affect visibility.   Smoke monitors are in place and more are in the process of being ordered. Yreka is expected to see Very Unhealthy to Hazardous levels of smoke. Grants Pass, Medford, Ashland, Klamath Falls and Orleans are expected to see Good levels of smoke with possible hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
 
Smoke Impacts from Local Fires
Site
 Observed
Midnight-Midnight
August 31, 2016
 Forecast
September 01, 2016
 
Outlook
September 02, 2016
Worst Time of Day Impacts
AQI and Period
Grants Pass
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Medford
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Ashland
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
 
Klamath Falls
Moderate
Good
Good
May see Moderate conditions overnight and into the morning
Yreka
Hazardous
Hazardous
Hazardous
11:00AM to 6:00PM
Orleans
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Colors displayed above correspond roughly with the AQI chart below. 
Conditions may change quickly, these projections are based on anticipated weather and fire activity.  Sensitive groups including individuals with Asthma, lung or heart disease, children, older adults, and pregnant women should take precautions to avoid exposure to smoke. If you feel as though you are having health effects from smoke see your doctor or health professional as needed. In some cases your eyes are your best tools, if it is smoky outside you are being impacted. Use caution when driving in or around smoky areas.
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
Forecast conditions represent impacts from smoke.  Contributions from ozone and other pollutants are not reflected.
For more information visit the California Smoke Blog - http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/
 

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