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, August 31, 2018

News Release: DEQ data shows improved air quality in parts of Oregon

Labor Day weekend expected to be a great time to get outside
Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and smoke forecasters predict clearing of wildfire smoke and better air quality for most of Oregon Labor Day weekend. 

The forecast for several of the communities who have been most affected this year with unhealthy and even hazardous air quality are predicted to have improved air quality. Those communities in particular may want to get outdoors, and air out their homes and businesses. 

DEQ and public health authorities advise the public to continue to monitor air quality in surrounding areas. 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/ 

While residents can view current air quality conditions at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/ , Oregon's monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities. For this reason, it's important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves. Using the 5-3-1 Visibility Index can help you gauge air quality when a monitor for your area isn’t available. 

View guidance from the Oregon Health Authority on children and outdoor activities during periods of poor air quality: https://apps.state.or.us/Forms/Served/le8815h.pdf 

Remember it’s still wildfire season and burn bans are in effect throughout the state. Current fire restrictions are available at go.usa.gov/xUSkW 

Media Contacts: 
Jennifer Flynt, DEQ, flynt.jennifer@deq.state.or.us, 503-730-5924 
Donnie Oliveira, DEQ, oliveira.donald@deq.state.or.us, 503-229-5176 

News release: Klamath County Pubic Health announces air quality forecast favorable for long weekend


 
Klamath County Public Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2018
Contact: Ramona Quinn,
rquinn@co.klamath.or.us  Valeree Lane, vlane@klamathcounty.org, 541.882.8846
Air quality forecast favorable for long weekend
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The containment of regional wildfires finds the local forecast for air quality to be positive. Klamath County Public Health officials are optimistic that Labor Day Weekend will find the air quality index in the moderate range.
Residents have seen long stretches of poor air quality since July. Air quality has improved significantly since Wednesday. Some smoke intrusion is still expected.
Residents are encouraged to visit https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map to learn the current air quality index. Each category corresponds to a different level of health concern. The six levels of health concern and what they mean are:
  • Good is 0 to 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
  • Moderate is 51 to 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people.
  • Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups is 101 to 150. Although the general public is not likely to be affected at this range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.
  • Unhealthy is 151 to 200. Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects.
  • Very Unhealthy is 201 to 300. This would trigger a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects.
  • Hazardous is greater than 300. This would trigger a health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
Weather conditions and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires. Conditions can change as frequently as hourly.
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Smoke Outlook for Northwest California Natchez Fire for Friday and Saturday Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NWCalifornia

Smoke Outlook for Southern Oregon and Northern California Border for Friday and Saturday Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/California-OregonBorder

Lane Deschutes Terwilliger Fire Smoke Outlook for Friday and Saturday Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/LaneDeschutes

Smoke Outlook Update for Southwest Oregon Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires for Friday and Saturday Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/sworegon

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

News Release: DEQ expands air quality advisory to include Jackson, Josephine, portions of Lake


Medford, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is again issuing an air quality advisory for Josephine, Jackson and Klamath counties. The northern portion of Lake County is also included in the advisory.

DEQ also has an air quality advisory in place for Curry and Klamath counties. All advisories are in place until further notice.

Southern Oregon saw some clearing earlier in the week, but smoke is expected to return to the Rogue Valley by this evening. While most monitors were reading good or moderate on Wednesday morning, monitors in Shady Cove and Cave Junction were reading unhealthy on Wednesday.

The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for all groups. Maroon is hazardous.

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. These residents are encouraged to stay indoors.
- People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers.

The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, including ones in Brookings, Gold Beach, Agness, Cave Junction and Prospect. It also has daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/


Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly. Residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store. 

Oregon's monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves. 




Smoke Outlook for Southern Oregon and Northern California Border for Wednesday and Thursday Aug. 29-30, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/California-OregonBorder

Smoke Outlook Update for Southwest Oregon Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires for Wednesday and Thursday Aug. 29-30, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/sworegon 

Lane Deschutes Terwilliger Fire Smoke Outlook for Wednesday and Thursday Aug. 29-30, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/LaneDeschutes.

Smoke Outlook for Northwest California Natchez Fire for Wednesday and Thursday Aug. 29-30, 2018



View a version of this outlook with live links at: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NWCalifornia.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Lane Deschutes Terwilliger Smoke Outlook for Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 27-28, 2018)


View a version of this outlook with live links at: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/LaneDeschutes.

News Release: Air quality advisory in place for Curry, Klamath counties

Brookings, Ore.—An air quality advisory will remain in place for Curry and Klamath counties until further notice, but the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is ending an advisory for Josephine, Jackson and Lake counties.

While air quality through much of Southern Oregon was good Monday morning, wildfire smoke is expected to impact both counties especially Brookings and Klamath Falls. Residents are reminded that local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly.

The Oregon Smoke Blog has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, including those in Brookings, Gold Beach and Agness. On Monday morning, an air quality monitor in Brookings was in the unhealthy for sensitive groups category, while the other two monitors were both showing good air quality.
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. These residents are encouraged to stay indoors.
- People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers.

The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for all groups. Maroon is hazardous.

Residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store.

The Oregon Smoke Blog has daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Oregon's monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves.
Contact: DEQ: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-600-6119, benenati.katherine@deq.state.or.us


Smoke Outlook for Northwest California Natchez Fire Monday and Tuesday Aug. 27-28, 2018

View a version of this outlook with live links at: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NWCalifornia.

Smoke Outlook for Southern Oregon and Northern California Border for Monday and Tuesday Aug. 27-28, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/California-OregonBorder

Resources for Residents Near Terwilliger Fire



Smoke from the Terwilliger Fire is expected to impact the community until the fire is out. For updated smoke information, please visit the following links. Smaller particulate sensors to measure pollution from wildfires and wood smoke have been placed by the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) in the McKenzie Bridge area at the McKenzie High School and USFS Bunkhouse on Horse Creek.

If you have any questions regarding air quality in Lane County, please contact LRAPA 541-736-1056.



·         Lane Regional Air Protection Agency: www.lrapa.org
o   McKenzie Bridge area air sensors with real-time air quality index: www.lrapa.org/301
o   How to read the Air Quality Index: www.airnow.gov
o   Wildfire smoke updates: www.lrapa.org/242

·         Lane County Public Health www.lanecounty.org/publichealth
o   Wildfire smoke health information
o   Do-it-yourself air filter fan instructions

·        Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: www.oregon.gov/deq/
o   Staterwide air quality index map: https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map
o   Find the same information above on your smart phone, download the OregonAir app to your phone

·         Oregon Department of Health: www.oregon.gov/oha/ph
o   Wildfire smoke health fact sheets and FAQ’s available
o   Public health guidance for school outdoor activities during wildfire events


Smoke Outlook Update for Southwest Oregon Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires for Monday and Tuesday Aug. 27-28, 2018




View a version of this outlook with live links at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/sworegon 

Friday, August 24, 2018

News Release: DEQ expands Southern Oregon air quality advisory to include Curry County


Medford, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is expanding an air quality advisory for Southern Oregon to include Curry County.

DEQ’s air quality advisory for Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties is in place until further notice.

A previous advisory for Curry and Douglas counties expired at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly. Residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store.

The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, including ones in Brookings, Gold Beach and Agness. It also has daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ 

The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for all groups. Maroon is hazardous.

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. These residents are encouraged to stay indoors.

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

Oregon's monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves.

Contact: DEQ: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-600-6119, benenati.katherine@deq.state.or.us


Smoke Outlook Update for Southwest Oregon Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires for Friday and Saturday Aug. 24-25, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/sworegon

Smoke Outlook for Southern Oregon and Northern California Border for Friday and Saturday Aug. 24-25, 2018




View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/California-OregonBorder

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Willamette Valley Smoke Forecast for Aug. 23-24, 2018


The Air Quality Index at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.  See the map above for current conditions.


Forecast issued: Aug. 23, 2018 

Forecaster: James Miller, USDA Forest Service



The main story this morning is that smoke has been slow to exit the Willamette Valley from Portland south to Eugene. As of 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, moderate air quality prevailed over Eugene, unhealthy for sensitive groups air quality was widespread in the Salem area, with unhealthy air common throughout the Portland metro area. Despite the marine air arriving over Portland around sunset yesterday, air quality indices actually increased overnight leading to some of the highest pollution levels of the five-day smoke episode over Northwestern Oregon observed this morning.
It appears that clearing is finally underway to the west of Portland, signaling that the metro area should see improving conditions throughout the afternoon hours. At the Sauvie Island monitoring location northwest of downtown Portland, particulate matter levels have lowered from 83 micrograms per cubic meter at 2 a.m. to 17 micrograms per cubic meter at 10 a.m., resulting in an improvement of the air quality index from unhealthy to moderate. Likewise, the Longview, WA monitor located northwest of the Sauvie Island station has lowered from 68 micrograms per cubic meter  (unhealthy air quality index) at midnight to 5 micrograms per cubic meter (good air quality index).
The AIRPACT, Canadian FireWork and High-Resolution Rapid Refresh smoke models each suggest that smoke should finally exit the northern Willamette Valley by the late afternoon hours. However, both the AIRPACT and Canadian FireWork model hint that smoke from coastal British Columbia and the Olympic Peninsula may move over the Portland metro area and Columbia Gorge after sunset today into Friday morning. The High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model keeps smoke from the Olympic Peninsula mainly to the north and east of Portland into Friday morning. It will be interesting to see the next update of the HRRR model in the afternoon to see how it handles any potential smoke entering the Portland metro from the north/northwest after sunset.
In the southern Willamette Valley (e.g. Eugene) contrary to the forecast made yesterday, moderate smoke levels will likely stick around a little longer than in the northern portion of the valley. The High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model still has smoke over the Eugene metro area at 4 p.m. today. By tomorrow morning, the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model suggests the entire Willamette Valley will finally be free of wildfire smoke leading to a return of good air quality indices.
The near-surface smoke forecast from the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Model shows the entire Willamette Valley free of smoke by Friday, August 24, 2018 at 4 a.m.
The High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Model suggests the northern Willamette Valley will clear out by Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 4 p.m.
The near-surface smoke forecast from the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Model shows the entire Willamette Valley free of smoke by Friday, August 24, 2018 at 4 a.m.

Disclaimer: Forecasting weather, fire behavior, and smoke transport and dispersion is challenging. While we strive to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate forecasts, conditions can and do change rapidly. Please take the appropriate action to protect yourself. 

News Release: DEQ extends air quality advisories for Portland area, Central and Eastern Oregon


 Statewide, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is extending an air quality advisory for the Portland metro area, North Coast, and Willamette Valley until 4 p.m. Thursday.

DEQ is also extending an air quality advisory until noon Friday for Central and Eastern Oregon (Crook, Baker, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wasco, Wheeler).

Both advisories had been set to expire at noon on Thursday.

DEQ has an air quality advisory is in place until further notice in Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties. Some clearing is expected Thursday night in those counties and additional improvements could occur Friday.

The advisory for the Portland metro area, North Coast and Willamette Valley includes: Benton, Clatsop, Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Linn, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill. 

Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly. Residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store.

The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for all groups. Maroon is hazardous.

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. These residents are encouraged to stay indoors.

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

Oregon's monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves. 

Contact: DEQ: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-600-6119, benenati.katherine@deq.state.or.us


Smoke Outlook for Southern Oregon and Northern California Border for Thursday and Friday Aug. 23-24, 2018


View a version of this outlook with live links at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/California-OregonBorder

Smoke Outlook Update for Southwest Oregon Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires for Thursday and Friday Aug. 23-24, 2018



View a version of this outlook with live links at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/sworegon

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Statewide Smoke Forecast for Wednesday and Thursday Aug. 22-23, 2018


The Air Quality Index at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018.  See the map above for current conditions.
Forecast issued: Aug. 22, 2018
Forecaster: James Miller, USDA Forest Service

Air quality across Oregon improved in the past 24 hours with the exception of Southern Oregon where unhealthy conditions remain. On Wednesday morning, air quality at all but one location in the Portland metro area was reporting unhealthy for sensitive groups, a slight improvement over the widespread unhealthy air quality indices on Tuesday morning. Moderate air quality indices were observed throughout Northeastern Oregon Wednesday morning, whereas many locations reported unhealthy conditions yesterday morning. A similar improvement was observed in Bend and Eugene.

For the remainder of Wednesday, the latest smoke models agree that conditions will continue to improve in the Willamette Valley and along the coast. However, the westerly winds aloft leading to improved air quality for Northwestern Oregon will push smoke towards Central and Northeastern Oregon on Wednesday afternoon. Accordingly, air quality across the Blue Mountains region, including the cities of La Grande and Pendleton may deteriorate from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups (or worse) on Wednesday before conditions improve begin to improve later in the day Thursday. Confidence is high that air quality will return to the good category for the major population centers throughout the Willamette Valley by no later than Thursday morning, with earlier improvement possible in the southern reaches of the valley (e.g. Corvallis, Eugene) where the marine air push may bring cleaner, clearer conditions by Wednesday afternoon and evening.



Near-surface smoke forecast from the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Model for Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 4 p.m.



Near-surface smoke forecast from the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Model for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 at 4 a.m.

Unfortunately, the latest runs of the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model suggest that smoke impacts will continue for many locations in Central and Southern Oregon, including Ashland, Bend, Klamath Falls, Lakeview and Medford for at least the next 36 hours.

For Thursday afternoon, the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model runs suggest a sharp transition between good and degraded air quality along a southwest to northeast oriented line from roughly Port Orford on the coast to near Boardman. Areas north and west of this boundary should expect good air quality by tomorrow afternoon, whereas areas south and east of the boundary will likely continue to experience diminished air quality. Accordingly, air quality indices in the unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy range are expected to remain in Central and Southern Oregon through tomorrow afternoon, with localized pockets of worse air quality possible immediately downwind of the fires burning across the central and southern portions of the state.
 

Near-surface smoke forecast from the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Model for Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 4 p.m.
 
Disclaimer: Forecasting weather, fire behavior, and smoke transport and dispersion is challenging. While we strive to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate forecasts, conditions can and do change rapidly. Please take the appropriate action to protect yourself.