Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Air Quality Forecast-NE Washington Regional Fires- Wednesday September 16, 2015

Air Quality Forecast-NE Washington Regional Fires- Wednesday September 16, 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. 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. Although burnout operations are ongoing, a decrease in fire activity and an increase in cloud cover, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity levels will allow for most areas to expect good air quality into the weekend.

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 15
Tuesday
September 16
Wednesday
September 17
Thursday
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
Good
Good
Nespelem
Moderate
Good
Good
Republic**
Moderate
Moderate
Good
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.

 For information on what each Air Quality Index color code means, click on the “Smoke and Health” tab.

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