Washington Smoke Map

*The map above is not able to display all state air quality monitors. Click here to see all monitors in Washington: WA Ecology Air Monitors

Note: Some users might notice intermittent discrepancies in colors shown on the map of air quality monitors above, and those reported on the Department of Ecology's official page. This is because Ecology believes their method of calculating the air quality category (i.e. “Good”, “Moderate”, Unhealthy” etc) is more protective of public health in Washington. If in doubt as to which better represents public health risk, use the more stringent of the two (i.e. the map showing worse air quality).


Friday, September 28, 2012

Do you have smoke or air quality questions?

This Blog is being created and maintained by cooperators from the Forest Service, Department of Ecology, Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous Public Health agencies to help keep citizens informed about air quality impacts from the unprecedented levels of smoke from wildfires in Washington the last few weeks.  Please let us know if you have questions or concerns and we’ll try to get an answer up as soon as possible.  Click on the comments link at the bottom of this post to ask your question.
Thanks and stay safe!


2 comments:

  1. Hi. Thanks so much for creating this website. I've found it to be quite useful. I noticed that you used the word "unprecedented" regarding the levels of smoke, and I also see that the EPA is involved. So I'm curious to know if this level of smoke for this extended period of time (with very little clearing) has ever occurred in the U.S... Or the world? And, if so, what were the long-term health effects? If any.

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  2. Hi, thanks for your question. When I used the term unprecidented I was thinking of the combination of duration, severity, and the number of people affected by this ongoing smoke event. So I think (with no hard facts in front of me to support this) I believe this is certainly the worst impact we've seen in Washington. And probably in the US, depending on how you think about it. For example the SW experienced widespread and serious smoke a couple of years ago but not the high concentrations for so long like we've had. I can't really address impacts around the world but I do know of monitoring in Brazil that has shown impacts even worse than this! But for the US, thinking about impacts from fires in recent memory, this is truely a very severe and significant event. I'm going to get you a more complete answer, especially on the health aspects, but there are just a few of us watching things this weekend so look for a more complete answer early next week. Good questions!

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