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).

Saturday, August 1, 2015

8/1/2015 More smoke from Wolverine Fire

The Wolverine fire on Lake Chelan near Lucerne is causing smoke issues in the Lake Chelan area. A fire update is available from Inciweb at:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4354/

INCIDENT UPDATE 8/1/2015.  The Wolverine fire was very active overnight and into this morning, growing to approximately 4,000 acres. Late afternoon yesterday a spot fire was reported from the air ½ mile south of Lightning Creek along the lakeshore. The spot fire made significant runs up Lightning Creek and is now well established on Lightning Ridge. Helicopters engaged the fire with bucket drops in attempts to slow growth.

The fire also has a twitter hashtag: https://twitter.com/hashtag/WolverineCreekFire?src=hash

The smoke plume is quite visible from satellite.  Here's a still shot (below):

Webcams in the area show some pretty thick smoke around the Lake Chelan area but with no state monitors in the area, people are advised to use the table at the bottom of this post for a rough determination of air quality conditions.

See current conditions at these webcam links:

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*
You are:

You have:
·  An adult
·  A teenager
·  An older child
·  Age 65 and over
·  Pregnant
·  A young child
·  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.

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