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).

Thursday, July 2, 2015

7/3/15 Breathe Easy for Now

Fires Subside, Breathe Easy for Now 
“Hot, hot, hot” temperatures and increasing winds should keep most wildfire smoke above breathing height. 
If winds become too strong, smoke plumes can separate (called plume sheer) from an active fire and lay down into valleys spreading poor air quality.  If any fires begin in the North Central Washington, north winds will blow strong enough to cause plume sheer, starting Friday night, and getting stronger on the Fourth of July.

Weekend Cautions
East Slopes of the Cascades: hazardous fire conditions exist. 
Fire weather warnings and watches in effect at this time through at least Saturday, July 4th.
Fuels are very DRY.  Combine dry fuel, wind, and a spark = uncontrollable WILDFIRE.

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