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).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Air Quality Summary Report - NE Washington Area Command Fires Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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  1. So my town Morton Washington is constantly surrounded by smoke and I think this is probably a bad thing seeing as it's so thick and there's no wind to pick up the smoke. Should we evacuate?

    1. Winds wont clear much of the smoke around Morton until tomorrow afternoon. From our modeling, we do not think your smoke levels have reached the Hazardous levels and are unlikely to get there. Evacuation decisions are personal, and dependent on how sensitive you are. The WA Dept of Health recommends wearing N95 or N100 masks, turning your home A/C to run in recirculation mode and avoiding outdoor activities as much as possible.

  2. It appears there is no air monitoring in Upper Skagit communities affected by the Goodell fire. Marblemount is experiencing what must be very unhealthy to hazardous air quality. Why no air monitoring in this area?

    1. The nearest permanent monitor is in Darrington. Modeling does show compromised air in the vicinity of Newhalem, but some clearing is expected tomorrow. The rainfall likely in that area over the weekend will help firefighting efforts substantially.
      You could use the 5-3-1 index (http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/visibility.htm) and the webcam at Marblemount (http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/webcams/parks/nocacam/nocacam.cfm) for estimating air quality in such areas without air quality monitors.
      Monitoring resources are stretched very thin across the state. Currently temporary monitors are being deployed only when and where resources permit, when local health districts request them for populated areas. We are pretty much at capacity now.


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