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.