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).

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

7/8/2015 Generalized haze and one significant plume

The satellite view of Washington from this afternoon shows just one significant plume of smoke. It appears to be from the Newby Lake fire which started in Canada and has moved into the Pasayten wilderness and the Loomis State Forest. The latest report from the Newby Lake Incident is from yesterday but guessing from the size of the visible plume, it made a pretty good run today or at least hit some heavy pockets of fuels. More on Newby Lake: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4355/

Much of the state is experiencing impaired air quality from the accumulation of smoke from the Washington fires but also the smoke that's coming our way from British Columbia. At least 20 state air quality monitors are registering Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups at the moment.  (Orange dots on the map below.)  Here's a link that will take you to the advice that goes along with the air quality warning levels:  https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/App_AQI/AQI.en-US.pdf  And in Spanish:  https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/0802022es.pdf

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