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).


Thursday, October 15, 2015

10/15/2015 Fall Prescribed Burning

This is the time of year when land managers and firefighters have a chance to safely use fire in a controlled manner to reduce fuel loads in the forest. Prescribed burning can benefit ecosystems, improve wildlife habitat, and lessen the chance of future uncontrollable wildfires and severe smoke episodes. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulates forestry burning in Washington and always attempts to keep smoke from impacting the public to any great extent. You can find out if there's an approved forestry burn near you by visiting this page:
https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/burnrequests/


1 comment:

  1. Great to know that pre-buring certain spots in wildfire prone ecosystems and forests actually prevents uncontrollable wildfires in the future. Doing anything and everything to prevent wildfires is very important as the wildfire season is approaching. A major problem we have, especially in the U.S., is uncontrollable wildfires and pre-burning hard to reach regions or especially prone regions is a great way to get a head start. The fire will not spread as fast and easily if fire protectors and firefighters take advantage of pre burning in accordance with the Department of Natural Resources. Stay Firewise !

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