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 Air Quality Now tab below
and click on DEQ's Air Quality Index 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 15, 2017

DEQ issues air quality advisory for Hood River and Wasco counties


DEQ issues air quality advisory for Hood River and Wasco counties

Conditions unhealthy in parts of The Gorge, including The Dalles and Hood River

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is urging residents in Hood River and Wasco counties to health precautions from smoke caused by wildfires.

The Eagle Creek Fire is bringing unhealthy levels of smoke into parts of The Gorge, including the communities of Hood River and The Dalles. These conditions are expected to last through the weekend and possibly into next week.

People can take the following precautions:  

·       Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places with highest concentrations.

·       Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions.

·       If you have heart disease, asthma or other respiratory ailments, or are over 65, you have a higher risk of illness from wildfire smoke. Small children and pregnant women are also at increased risk. People in any of these groups might consider leaving the area until air quality improves.

·       People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers.

Remember, local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly, depending on weather factors including wind direction.

Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

1 comment:

  1. Where are the discussions about the inept leadership and the lack of desire to attack fires when they start? Who makes decisions on resources and strategy to fight fires?
    It has been very clear by the resources dispatched to fires, and notes regarding the fire updates and strategy that the people in charge do not have their priorities right, and haven’t a clue about how to fight fires.
    The evidence is quite clear when considering the tactics of fighting fires, and resources dispatched when fires start. There appears to be a lack of urgency, or understanding that fires must be arrested as quickly as possible, which means you dispatch overwhelming resources quickly, and attack the fire as you would an enemy in battle. Instead, the actions clearly show that there is not a sense of urgency, and certainly do not apply tactics that focus on arresting the fire as quickly as possible.
    I understand the ecological theories that letting fires burn is a natural process, essentially letting natural cycles occur, but this is a theory, and does not consider all critical aspects related to fires. The highest priority must be the well-being of the public, human health. Fires must be extinguished with urgency and overwhelming resources for obvious reasons; the state of fires in Oregon are clear testimony of this fact. You have no idea what other fires may occur, so fires must be attacked quickly, and contained.
    The excuses are sickening. Not enough resources, too dangerous, access is too difficult, and on and on. There are plenty of private sector resources if needed, but it appears money, and budgets are also one of the key factors in decision making, which, again, indicates the incompetence of the people in charge. Ultimately, it is on the Governor, who has been basically hiding from her responsibility, and likely doesn’t have the capacity to understand the importance of this issue. She should be impeached.
    The millions of people’s health affected by these fires, the billions in natural resources lost, and the loss of business and commerce from people hunkering down make the cost to fight fires insignificant.
    There have been some beautiful areas destroyed that won’t come back for over a lifetime, habitat for thousands of animals destroyed, as well as thousands of animals killed. Where are all the green earth people? Probably in their homes getting stoned.
    The incompetence of the personnel making tactical decisions is sickening. Just like in war, if the leaders are incompetent, the soldiers pay for it. The crews in the fields deserve far better leadership, and the public deserve to have leadership that has their priorities straight, and now how what they are doing. What we have is a bunch of paper boys trying to perform brain surgery.