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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Air Quality Forecast-NE Washington Regional Fires- Tuesday September 15, 2015

Air Quality Forecast-NE Washington Regional Fires- Tuesday September 15, 2015
Prepared by Mark Fitch (mfitch@nps.gov), Air Resource Advisor & Carolyn Kelly (ckelly8384@gmail.com), Air Resource Advisor Trainee

Smoke Summary: The passing cold front will continue to bring cooler temperatures and breezy conditions are expected to last through Thursday. Spotty showers are possible but most likely Wednesday night into Thursday. Cool and showery conditions can be expected through the week. Burn out operations are ongoing. Interior islands and pockets will continue to smolder and burn for the next few weeks. Light smoke and haze can be expected around these areas.  Air quality will range anywhere from good to unhealthy for sensitive groups in the morning hours, improving in late afternoon to early evening.  

Extended Outlook:  Changing weather patterns and forecasted rain should lower fire activity leading to improved air quality over the NE region of Washington. Drier, fall-like conditions can be expected Friday into the weekend.

*Monitoring stations for Tonasket, Orient, and Kettle Falls have been shut down due to machine malfunction as of 09/10/2015.      
Site
Air Quality
Comments
September 14
Monday
September 15
Tuesday
September 16
Wednesday
Spokane Metro
Good
Good
Good
Communities nearest to the fires may see some haze and smoke from burnout activities on local fires.

Davenport
Good
Good
Good
Colville
Good
Good
Good
Kettle Falls*
Good
Good
Good
Wellpinit
Good
Good
Good
Orient*
Good
Good
Good
Inchelium
Good
Good
Good
Omak
Good
Moderate
Moderate
Early morning hours may be in the USG range but expect good to moderate depending on local winds. 

Nespelem
Good
Moderate
Good
Republic**
Good
Moderate
Moderate
Tonasket*
Good
Good
Good
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly. These predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity.  The air quality outlook is based on data from automated instruments that have not been subjected to a quality assurance review. AQI’s estimated for sites with air monitors.




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