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).


Air Quality Forecasting

The sites below provide forecasting information nationally and throughout the Pacific Northwest. For the latest Oregon smoke forecasts and for fire-specific smoke forecasts, see the home page. 

For the latest air quality advisories visit the National Weather Service and click on watches, alerts and advisories for your area. Or sign up to receive advisories from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Nationwide

National Weather Service alerts – Search for weather alerts by city, state or zip code.

BlueSky Daily Runs – Use meteorological data to forecast smoke.

HRRR Smoke Model - High Resolution Rapid Refresh Smoke model

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest Smoke Forecast – Provides National Weather Service data on ozone, smoke and dust concentrations.

AirPact 5 – Air quality forecasting for the Pacific Northwest – Provides timely air quality information for the Pacific Northwest.

Canadian Wildfire Smoke Prediction System – Provides daily smoke forecast maps from early April to late October.

Western Region Climate Center -- The Regional Climate Centers deliver climate services at national, regional and state levels working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partners in the National Climatic Data Center, National Weather Service, the American Association of State Climatologists, the Regional Sciences and Assessment Program, and other NOAA Research Institutes. 

Smoke and fire activity from a 2017 forecast model.



15 comments:

  1. Why is it impossible to find today's smoke map on your stupid site? Why would you make it so difficult to find a current or cast of The Smoking Oregon? Why would I want to know what the smoke was doing in 2017? I want to know what's happening today. If you have this information on your site why is it so goddamn difficult to find it

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    1. Hi James. There are three forecasts on the blog today. One is for Crater Lake, one for the I-5 area and one for Western Oregon. Simply hit the home tab and they are the first three posts. You can check real-time data on the map above or at DEQ's website: https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map.

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    2. So yeah, James could've toned the rhetoric down a little, but he has a point - your website and that of the DEQ (www.oregon.gov/DEQ) are pretty hard to use and/or just don't have some pretty simple things you'd expect to see.
      I went to weather.com midday Mon 8/20 looking for the air quality forecast and it said an air quality alert was in place for Deschutes County "Until 12:00pm PDT, Tue Aug 21". But the detailed part just below that said "AIR QUALITY ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT THURSDAY..." So which was it?
      To try to figure that out, I went to WWW.OREGON.GOV/DEQ looking for the air quality FORECAST, especially how long the advisory was in effect. I couldn't find the answer despite hunting around that webpage for a while. I tried entering 'air quality alert', 'smoke advisory', and a few similar terms into the search box at the top right of that site and I still couldn't find anything. It seemed like that site contained almost exclusively info about processes, background on how values are measured and how indices are determined, rather than providing any actual information. For example, it detailed how the air quality index is determined but not what the predicted air quality actually WAS for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. In one place I did find "Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/".
      So I came here. I STILL couldn't find the information I want (i.e. the air quality alerts through Thursday). I did see the hyperlink at right under 'Blog Archive' that reads "Statewide Smoke forecast for Monday Afternoon Thro..." - I naturally assumed that the truncated word was 'Through' and was probably followed by 'Tuesday' or 'Wednesday' or 'Thursday'. And, indeed, clicking on it sent me to http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/2018/08/statewide-smoke-forecast-for-monday.html which, despite its url, said "Statewide Smoke Forecast for Monday Afternoon Through Wednesday". This got my hopes up. But it contained 2 maps which as far as I could tell just showed the current conditions on Monday 8/20 at 8AM. The text on the page jumped around to different parts of the state and different points of time. The "In summary" bit only talked about the next 48 hours which, given that the starting point was Monday at 8AM, isn't *really* 'through Wednesday'. And the few references on the page to Wednesday were all specific to 'Northern Oregon.' Nothing about Southern Oregon.
      Last complaint ;) - The 2 maps I refer to contained a key explaining what the different colored circles meant. But the maps also contained triangles whose meaning was not explained, and ditto for the 'fire icons' - granted that one's pretty obvious, but still.

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    3. Nicole, Sorry you had trouble finding the information you needed. The latest advisory is here: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/2018/08/news-release-deq-expands-air-quality.html and it covers Southwest Oregon. That advisory is in place until further notice.

      Here are the other advisories in place:

      Central and Eastern Oregon are under an advisory until noon Thursday. An advisory covering Portland, Northwest Oregon and the Willamette Valley is set to expire at noon Wednesday. Lane Regional Air Protection Agency has also issued an advisory for Lane County until 6 a.m. Thursday.

      You can sign up to receive air pollution advisories on DEQ's website: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Pages/index.aspx Go to the get involved button at the far right. Click on that and hit sign up for alerts. It will ask for your email and have you create a password. Air pollution advisories are under hot topics.

      You can also see current air quality alerts on your local National Weather Service website. The alerts and advisories should be right by the map on the home page.



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    4. Step out your front door James if you want to know what the smoke is doing.

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  2. Take it down a notch James.

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  3. I live in Newport, Oregon, up river on the Yaquina. I thought I smelled smoke yesterday and later in the day I started having an allergy/asthma attack, similar to last year when we had smoke drift here. Are you aware of any reports of smoke drift toward this area?

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    1. I apologize for missing your comment earlier. This is too late to address your earlier concern, but I wanted to make sure you saw DEQ's latest advisory because it includes portions of the Coast: https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=2878.

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  4. I am trying to figure out the smoke quality in LINCOLN City as I am sensitive to smoke.

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    1. On parts of the Coast or other areas where there aren't air quality monitors there are a few things you can do gauge air quality. One is to use visibility as a gauge. Learn how here: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/2017/08/gauging-visibility-is-as-easy-as-5-3-1.html Also, you may have seen that DEQ issued an air quality advisory that includes Lincoln County earlier today. Particularly if you're in a sensitive group please take precautions. You can see the advisory and learn more at: https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=2878.

      On a related note, we're often asked why there aren't air quality monitors on the coast. Air quality on the coast is typically better and wildfire smoke tends to have a greater impact on other parts of the state. When there are wildfires affecting the coast, which happened last year in particular, temporary monitors are often in place to track air quality impacts. DEQ is in the process of expanding the monitoring network and will be adding monitors in other areas including one or more along the coast.

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  5. Hey Katherine,

    thanks so much for this site - I was able to quickly find two amazing fires maps for the area that included up to 70+ hour predictions. Really easy to use and exactly what I was looking for.

    Now if you could just rummage up some rain.....

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    1. Working on it. Maybe give me a few weeks or a month?

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  6. Personally I like James spunk and his experience somewhat mirrors mine. That said, thanks to all who work on putting these free resources together. If it weren't for all the people putting in time to at least try to inform us we'd only have word of mouth on the street to go by in terms of forecasting. That said, what is the smoke going to do in the next few days in Oregon, Washington and BC where I want to travel? I still don't even have solid predictions to go by. And if people could start informing the public of our best shots for clean air in this region for the next 2 weeks, I'll all ears and I'll probably go there!

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  7. It is very smokey in Eugene. I can smell it in the air like a campfire.

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