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).

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Predictions for the 2016 Fire Season

Every year, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, ID, tracks large scale weather patterns and predicts whether the coming fire season will be below normal, normal, or above normal across the U.S.  http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf
(These are only predictions though, and the actual severity of the fire season will depend on factors that are less predictable months in advance such as lightning occurrence and winds.)
7 day significant fire potential for Pacific NW
Fire Potential: Large fire potential remains low for the moment but will rise over the weekend and next week as the weather pattern undergoes a major shift. Consistently warmer and drier weather will boost fire danger for the next week or ten days across just about the entire geographic area. As the drying trend intensifies, we will have to watch for the next outbreak of lightning or strong, dry winds. http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/content/products/fwx/guidance/DL.pdf



  1. Would like to understand why there is so much haze around the tru cites. Air Quality mangmnt says its all good. There are no fires that are contributing to it, AND the wind is not stirring up dust either. Several people beg to differ.

    1. Sometimes it’s hard to know precisely what is causing hazy air quality. Smoke and dust can stay aloft for a long time and travel 100s of miles from its place of origin if conditions permit. Not all haze is a result of smoke or dust. Sometimes its water vapor or vehicle emissions combined with environmental factors.


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