Thursday, August 14, 2014

8-14-14 Air Quality Report

Smoke Synopsis:
A slow moving low pressure system over North Central Oregon will remain nearly stationary today and then slowly track into Northeast Washington on Friday, resulting in: a continuation of showers and thunderstorms over the area, reduced fire behavior, and greatly improved air quality.  Typical down-valley flows along the eastern Cascades will be moderated.

Due to the continued precipitation over the area and significantly reduced fire behavior, air quality is anticipated to be good through early Saturday, with some possible areas of moderate AQ directly down drainage from the most active fires. Continued fire activity at the Devil’s Elbow Fire is expected to affect Keller and other areas down the Highway 21 corridor.
Air Quality Outlook:
Site
Thursday
August 14, 2014

Friday
August 15, 2014

Saturday
August 16, 2014

Comments
Colville
Good
Good
Moderate

Wellpinit
Good
Good
Moderate

Keller
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Omak
Good
Good
Good

Malott
Good
Good
Good

Brewster
Good
Good
Good

Winthrop
Moderate
Moderate
USG

Twisp
Moderate
Moderate
USG

Chelan
Good
Good
Moderate

Entiat
Good
Moderate
USG

Plain
Good
Good
Moderate

Leavenworth
Good
Moderate
Moderate

Wenatchee
Good
Good
Moderate

Ellensburg
Good
Moderate
Moderate

Yakima
Good
Good
Good

NOTE – in table above “USG” stands for “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
For detailed information about the color coded air quality categories, please see:
Warning: These data have been obtained from automated instruments and have not been subjected to a quality assurance review to determine their accuracy. They are presented for public awareness and should not be considered final. Conditions such as power outages and equipment malfunctions can produce invalid data.

1 Since wildfires often occur in remote areas, air monitoring equipment may not be available. The following table provides a quick method to assess air quality in your area. For more detailed information you can go to the following site: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/visibility.htm

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