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).


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Living Dangerously in the Era of MegaFires - Ted Talk

Many of you may have seen the recent presentation by Dr. Paul Hessburg on the Era of Megafires.  In this presentation, Dr. Hessburg provides an explanation of why wildfires have been growing in the the western united states.  Recently, a condensed version of the presentation was made into a Ted Talk which is now on Youtube.  Its called Living Dangerously in the Era of Megafires.  You can search for it by title on Youtube or access it by clicking this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edDZNkm8Mas&t=14s.   Or to see it in person, check out the schedule from North 40 Productions website at http://www.north40productions.com/wildfire.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4, 2017 Smoke Detected in Prineville

Yesterday, the Grizzly Fire, located approximately nine miles northwest of Prineville, caused some light smoke in Prineville for a few hours yesterday afternoon.  According to DEQ's  smoke monitor, PM2.5 concentrations increased to 12 - 28 ug/m3 in the afternoon, but decreased back to normal levels in the evening.   Light smoke will likely reoccur again in Prineville this afternoon, if the fire behaves as it did yesterday.   For more information about this fire, visit the Central Oregon Fire Information website at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017  Smoke Expected in Central Oregon tomorrow.

Sisters - Fire crews are preparing to conduct burnout operations tomorrow to help control the Sheep Spring fire.  The fire is located approximately 20 miles north of Sisters in the Brush Creek Drainage, less than a mile northwest of the Sheep Springs Campground.  Burn out operations are expected to begin in the morning, if conditions are favorable.  Smoke is likely to impact the nearby communities  including Camp Sherman.  Smoke will likely travel south potentially impacting Sisters and even Bend later in the day, as shown in the model forecast image below.   For information on how to protect oneself from smoke, please see the links on this website.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Resources for Wildfire Season

As wildfire season gets underway in Oregon, it’s a good time to bookmark some resources that provide information on air quality and wildfire smoke. The Oregon Smoke Blog provides regular updates on air quality throughout the season. You’ll also find us on Twitter @ORSmokeBlog. Check out our hot links to the left that provide information from federal, state and local agencies and provide information on how to safeguard against health effects from wildfire smoke.

High smoke levels can create health problems for even healthy people so remember to limit your exposure to smoke by keeping windows and doors closed and to reduce the time you spend in smoky areas and outdoors. The elderly, children and those with respiratory diseases can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of smoke. The Oregon Health Authority has more information on wildfire smoke and your health.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a number of resources online including links to other agencies such as the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center’s fire maps and the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Wildfire Blog.

You can also learn more on the DEQ webpage about how agencies around the state work together using a standard Wildfire Response Protocol. The protocol describes the role of each agency during severe wildfire smoke events, and how agencies work together to increase safety and protect public health. 

For hourly and 24-hour updates on air quality, visit the DEQ’s Air Quality Index. The color-coded index shows what air quality conditions are around the state and explains whether those in a given area should take precautions. If you live in Lane County, check out. Lane Regional Air Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index.  Find them on Twitter @LaneRegionalAir.

You can also sign up to receive advisories from various counties or receive EnviroFlash alerts about the air quality in your area.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

DEQ issues air quality advisory for Salem

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
News Release


Release date:  Sept. 15, 2016



Salem, OR – Air quality in Salem is being adversely impacted by a fire at Brown’s Island Compost Facility and other fires in the area and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is urging residents in certain groups to take precautions.

Air quality readings for the last 24 hours at the Salem State Hospital monitor are yellow or moderate meaning air quality may pose a risk to those unusually sensitive to air pollution. Earlier in the day the 24-hour readings were orange or unhealthy for sensitive groups. When readings are orange, people with heart disease or lung disease, children and older adults should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

Although air quality in the Salem area is currently in the moderate range, conditions could change due to weather and changes in fire activity.

Visit the Air Quality Index for the latest one- and 24-hour air quality readings. To sign up for air quality alerts in your area visit AirNow’s Enviroflash.

High smoke levels can create health problems for even healthy people so remember to limit your exposure to smoke by keeping windows and doors closed, reducing the time you spend in smoky areas and avoiding strenuous outdoor activity. The elderly, children and those with respiratory diseases can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of smoke.

Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information on air quality, along with tools to help you assess smoke levels in their area. The site is an effort by city, county, tribal, state and federal agencies to provide information for Oregon 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sept. 14 Air Quality Report for Gap Fire -- Klamath National Forest


Fire Information:  Fire is approximately 33,867 acres and 95% contained.   No additional perimeter fire growth occurred. The last two days had red flag warnings issued for strong gusty winds, those days were a good test to the fire and no significant fire activity occurred.   Islands of unburned fuel within the perimeter will continue to burn however it appears fire activity has been reduced to smoldering.  On all sides of the fire, crews are working on mop up and patrol of fire lines where safe to do so, along with pulling hose and equipment no longer needed on the fire line.  Suppression repair is also progressing along contingency lines and where needed.  Yesterday only small smoke columns were observed with a haze seen across the fire.                                                                                                                                                         Weather and Smoke Information:   No red flags have been issued for today.  Winds will be out of the northwest but will not be as strong as they were yesterday.  Ridgetops winds will range from 3-6 miles per hour (mph) in the morning then increase to 5-10 mph with gust up to 15 mph in the afternoon.  Temperatures will be 79-83 degrees with humidity values at 12-18% in the valleys.  Smoke production has been significantly reduced over the last few days.  All locations are expected to see Good conditions with the exception of Anderson/ Redding where Moderate conditions have been observed.

Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) Impacts from the Gap Fire
Site
 Observed
Midnight-Midnight
09/13/16
Forecast
09/14/16
    Outlook
09/15/16
Worst Time of Day Impacts
AQI and Period
Grants Pass
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Medford/ Ashland
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Klamath Falls
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Oak Knoll RS
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon and evening.
Seiad
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the morning.
Happy Camp
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the morning.
Yreka
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon.
Fort Jones
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the late afternoon and evening.
Orleans
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon.
Weitchpec
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon.
Hoopa
Unavailable
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon.
Weed
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Redding/Anderson
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Expect elevated concentrations in the morning.
Red Bluff
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies.
Colors displayed above correspond roughly with the AQI chart below. 
Conditions may change quickly, these projections are based on anticipated weather and fire activity.  Sensitive groups including individuals with Asthma, lung or heart disease, children, older adults, and pregnant women should take precautions to avoid exposure to smoke. If you feel as though you are having health effects from smoke see your doctor or health professional as needed. In some cases your eyes are your best tools, if it is smoky outside you are being impacted. Use caution when driving in or around smoky areas.
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
None
Moderate
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups - USG
People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.  Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.
Unhealthy           
The following groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults.  Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy

Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
Hazardous
The following groups should remain indoors and keep activity levels low: People with heart or lung disease; children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion
Forecast conditions represent impacts from smoke.  Contributions from ozone and other pollutants are not reflected.

Links: California Smoke Blog - http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sept. 13 Air Quality Report for Gap Fire -- Klamath National Forest


Fire Information:  Fire is approximately 33,867 acres and 85% contained.   No additional perimeter fire growth occurred; growth is all interior acres within the control lines. Yesterday’s strong gusty winds were a good test to the fire and no significant fire activity occurred.   Islands of unburned fuel within the perimeter will continue to burn however it appears fire activity has been reduced to smoldering.  On all sides of the fire, crews are working on mop up and patrol of fire lines where safe to do so, along with pulling hose and equipment no longer needed on the fire line.  A reduction of smoke is expected as the interior islands of unburned fuel get consumed.                                                                                                                                                         Weather and Smoke Information:   Winds will continue to be easterly but will not be as strong as they were yesterday.  Winds will range from 10-15 miles per hour (mph) with gust to 25 mph on ridgetops and then 4-8 mph with gusts to 12 mph in the afternoon.  Temperatures will be 82-87 degrees with humidity values at 10-16% in the valleys.  Smoke production has been significantly reduced over the last few days.  All locations are expected to see Good conditions with the exception of Anderson/ Redding where Moderate conditions have been observed.

Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) Impacts from the Gap Fire
Site
 Observed
Midnight-Midnight
09/12/16
Forecast
09/13/16
    Outlook
09/14/16
Worst Time of Day Impacts
AQI and Period
Grants Pass
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Medford/ Ashland
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Klamath Falls
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Oak Knoll RS
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon and evening.
Seiad
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the morning.
Happy Camp
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the morning.
Yreka
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon.
Fort Jones
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the late afternoon and evening.
Orleans
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon.
Weitchpec
Good
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon.
Hoopa
Unavailable
Good
Good
Expect elevated concentrations in the afternoon.
Weed
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies in the evening and overnight.
Redding/Anderson
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Expect elevated concentrations in the morning.
Red Bluff
Good
Good
Good
May see hazy skies.
Colors displayed above correspond roughly with the AQI chart below. 
Conditions may change quickly, these projections are based on anticipated weather and fire activity.  Sensitive groups including individuals with Asthma, lung or heart disease, children, older adults, and pregnant women should take precautions to avoid exposure to smoke. If you feel as though you are having health effects from smoke see your doctor or health professional as needed. In some cases your eyes are your best tools, if it is smoky outside you are being impacted. Use caution when driving in or around smoky areas.
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
None
Moderate
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups - USG
People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.  Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.
Unhealthy           
The following groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults.  Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy

Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
Hazardous
The following groups should remain indoors and keep activity levels low: People with heart or lung disease; children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion
Forecast conditions represent impacts from smoke.  Contributions from ozone and other pollutants are not reflected.

Links: California Smoke Blog - http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/