Washington Smoke Map

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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).





Sunday, August 17, 2014

Air Quality Outlook for Sunday-Tuesday, August 17-19, 2014

Smoke Synopsis:
Warmer and drier conditions continue today and tomorrow.  If we see any increase in fire activity, it will most likely be later this afternoon through Monday.  There is still a chance that the increased winds associated with the cold frontal passage on Tuesday could fire up some smoldering spots, but fire crews are working hard until then to take care of known hot spots.

Some very slightly elevated readings (still in the good category) were noticed mid-morning downwind (east of) the Hansel, Snag Canyon and South Cle Elum Ridge fires at the monitoring stations located in Ellensburg, Leavenworth and Wenatchee.  Skies were just a touch hazy and light smoke odors could be noticed in some locations, although no plumes were evident.  Just something to keep an eye on.

Likewise, the Keller and Highway 21 corridor continues to see a morning peak in smoke before clearing out quite nicely every afternoon as winds switch to an up-canyon flow. Colville and Wellpinit areas are likewise seeing some slight increases as the more typical wind pattern slowly moves everything being produced (fire-generated smoke as well as anything else) to the east.

Air Quality Outlook:
Site
Sunday
August 17, 2014

Monday
August 18, 2014

Tuesday
August 19, 2014

Comments
Colville
Good
Moderate
Moderate

Wellpinit
Good
Moderate
Moderate

Keller
Moderate
USG
Good

Omak
Moderate
Moderate
Good

Malott
Good
Moderate
Moderate

Brewster
Good
Good
Moderate

Winthrop
Good
Good
Moderate

Twisp
Good
Good
Moderate

Chelan
Good
Good
Good

Entiat
Good
Good
Good

Plain
Good
Good
Good

Leavenworth
Good
Moderate
Good

Wenatchee
Good
Good
Good

Ellensburg
Good
Moderate
Good

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
Using the 5-3-1 Visibility Index
Distance you can see*
Your are:

You have:
·  An adult
·  A teenager
·  An older child
·  Age 65 and over
·  Pregnant
·  A young child
OR
·  Asthma
·  Respiratory illness
·  Lung or heart disease
5 miles
check visibility
minimize outdoor activity
3 miles
minimize outdoor activity
stay inside
1 miles
stay inside
stay inside
No matter how far you can see, if you feel like you are having health effects from smoke exposure, take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality.  You should also see your doctor or other health professional as needed.
* less reliable under high humidity conditions

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