Monday, October 15, 2012

10-15-2012 Smoke Blog Now Deactivated

Due to lessening wildfire risk and much improved air quality, this Washington Smoke Information Blog has been deactivated.  It will be available again next fire season if needed.  The best place to learn about current air quality conditions in Washington is from the Department of Ecology at this site: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/
This blog site was created in September 2012 to rapidly provide air quality and health information in response to public concerns from wildfire smoke.  The goal was to provide coordinated, timely and public “one-stop information” so that individuals could make informed decisions to protect their health.  During a wildfire smoke incident, this blog will be used to provide links to critical information that the public may be concerned about, such as air quality conditions and forecasts, school and activity closures, burn bans, location of clean air shelters, and travel restrictions due to visibility. Information posted on the blog is coordinated by an informal team of state, federal, tribal and local agencies striving to provide consistent and accurate information during air quality smoke incidents from wildfires.
The links on this blog that connect to the various agencies that provide information on smoke, wildfire and health management will continue to work.
We would like to hear from you if you have questions or comments.  Please contact Janice Peterson at jlpeterson@ fs.fed.us

Thank you for your interest.

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