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).


Friday, September 8, 2017

Air quality advisory dropped for Portland, Salem and Eugene; advisory for the rest of Oregon remains in effect through noon on Monday

The air quality advisory for Portland, Salem and Eugene is no longer active. Air quality in those regions has improved and is mostly good, with conditions expected to remain good through at least the weekend.

However, DEQ and the National Weather Service have extended the air quality advisory for the rest of Oregon. This includes South and Southwestern Oregon, Central Oregon and Eastern and Northeastern Oregon. The advisory for these regions is through noon on Monday, September 11.



5 comments:

  1. I'm a bit confused why Cascade Lakes/LaPine area is included in this newest advisory when here (https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/EastCascades#Main) it projects them to have good air quality starting tomorrow. Is this just a case of precaution including these areas, I assume the data sources are similar?

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  2. Good question. DEQ and National Weather Service discussed areas for inclusion in the advisory extension. It was clear that portions of Central Oregon should remain under the advisory, with unhealthy conditions in most communities Friday morning and very unhealthy conditions in Redmond. Even though the smoke forecast showed reasonably good air quality in La Pine, it's difficult to exclude a community like that when the rest of the region is deserving of inclusion in the extended advisory. All of this is to say that even though conditions might be good or moderate in La Pine, the bulk of Central Oregon needed to stay under the advisory. Thank you for the question.

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  3. Thank you for the quick and informative response!

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  4. I put nearly a thousand dollars on credit cards for five nights out-of-area motels which, as a disabled senior I can ill afford, to escape bad air quality in Glide a few miles west of the North Umpqua Complex. It took four months' gasoline to get far enough away, twice, to where I could find cleaner air. The Red Cross only opens shelters for evacuations due to potential structural damage. Many disabled seniors or other disabled people don't have resources or options to finance private "escapes." Our communities need a better plan...

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    1. I'm sorry to hear this has caused you such a financial burden. I know this season has been a particularly tough one. There are some resources you might want to check out from the Oregon Health Authority under state links and from the CDC under federal links. If we hear of additional cooling centers or shelters in smoky areas that are open to the public we'll make sure to share them.

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