Oregon Smoke Information

Map Notes:

The map above shows active fires and air quality monitors around the state. Round icons represent permanent air quality monitors, triangular icons represent temporary smoke monitors (when deployed).

Friday, August 9, 2019

Smoke forecast for southwest Oregon: Updated August 9

 SW Oregon Smoke Forecast


Smoke forecast outlooks are issued in areas where smoke from wildland fires may be of concern and Air Resource Advisors have been deployed. Outlooks are issued under the authority and auspices of the organization or incident requesting the Air Resource Advisor.

Find the most current smoke outlook from the US Forest Service here.


17 comments:

  1. Nick, How can Glendale become an air quality monitoring station?

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    1. Funny you asked: We're deploying a temporary monitoring station to Glendale to provide a clearer understanding of conditions in southern Douglas County during this wildfire event.

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  2. Is there any prediction on when the Milepost 97 fire will be contained?

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  3. What are some places near Ashland that have consistently good Air quality to take day trips there?

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    1. Air quality often varies based on weather patterns and whether there are nearby fires. You can check current air quality online at https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map or by downloading the OregonAir app on your smartphone.

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  4. I herd fire has spread to goshen. What is this doing to lane county air quality? Have 2 people with health issues sleep w Windows open. Plz advise

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    1. If it seems smokey in your area, health officials recommend staying indoors with windows and doors closed if possible. You can check current air quality conditions here: https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map and find more info about smoke and health here: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/p/smoke-and-health.html. Take good care.

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  5. Is there anywhere to get daily updates on containment?

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    1. The smoke forecast above has containment info in the first paragraph, under the "Fire" header. You can also find more info about active fires here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

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  6. I noticed the air in South Myrtle Creek/ Tri-City was very smoky this morning. Any advice on the air quality in this area? Thanks

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    1. From our Air Resource Adviser: On Friday morning, August 2, the overnight northerly breeze stopped and even a very light southerly breeze occurred. This drifted smoke from the fire north into the Tri City area during the morning hours. Smoke cleared in the afternoon as the predominant northerly winds picked up, which drifted the smoke back to the south. Air quality in the Tri City area should remain good at this point.

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  7. Appreciate the report. Can you please add the cities that the fire began in to your list. We are experiencing a large amount of smoke in Canyonville, Riddle, tricities and Myrtle Creek.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, this is a good question. The smoke impact advisor with the fire, who publishes the smoke outlook, has been describing the air quality of the Canyonville/Tri-City/Riddle area in the outlook description (see the paragraph titled "Smoke" at the top of the outlook). The cities listed separately with the color coded bubbles have air quality monitoring stations. Since there aren't air quality monitors in Canyonville, Riddle, and Myrtle Creek, these towns aren't listed separately on the above forecast. The Forest Service did set up a temporary monitor in Azalea on July 31. Azalea was chosen since it was the area around the fire experiencing the worst of the smoke impacts, due to the winds predominantly blowing smoke south from the fire. We will be sure to keep including the communities close to the fir--Canyonville, Riddle, and Myrtle Creek--in the outlook's smoke description, and are glad to see the good air quality return.

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  8. What is the difference between "lined" and "contained"?

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    1. Hi Jan. "Lined" means that firefighters have a line holding the fire, but firefighters must maintain it--if they were to walk away it may not hold. "Contained" means that line has undergone procedures where if the crews were to walk away, they are confident the fire would not jump the line.

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