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).
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Dispatch from the Coast -- Florence on a Sunday Afternoon
Our forecaster is working on an updated air quality forecast as I write this. In the meantime, here's a look at Florence around 1 p.m. It's hazy here and we saw some haze on the drive up from Bandon this morning. Loads better than the conditions in many other parts of the state, but still seeing the impacts from wildfires here.
We're getting quite a few questions about what air quality is like on the coast as people prepare for Labor Day travel. A lot of these areas don't have air quality monitors -- those tend to be concentrated in more populous areas that generally have worse air quality. So here's a reminder to use the 5-3-1 visibility index when you can't access current air quality data.
Thanks again to all the commenters who are sharing information and asking questions. We know a lot of you are dealing with some pretty tough conditions right now. Remember to check here for updated air quality forecasts, fire-specific smoke forecasts and health guidance.