Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The 2018 Washington wildfire season is behind us, and we couldn’t be happier to see it end!
As much as we wish to never have another wildfire season, we’re prepared to return to this blog around July 2019 with smoke information, current conditions, forecasts, health tips, and more.
In the meantime, here’s information and contacts for your off-season inquiries.
The air monitoring map on this blog displays current data and is active all year long. Mobile users can find it here. For additional monitors, view the Air Quality Now tab.
Have questions about smoke or air quality issues today? Contact your local clean air agency. Phone numbers, websites, and a printable map are available here. Also view the Local Gov tab for additional county contacts including local health, emergency management, and sheriff’s offices. For emergencies, please call 911.
If you see fires on the monitoring map during the off-season, those are likely silvicultural prescribed fires. View a daily list of prescribed burn details from the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
Get a jump on next wildfire season by reviewing the Washington Department of Health’s tips for protecting you and your family during smoke. Also view EPA's fact sheet "Prepare for Fire Season" for a checklist of steps to do now.
Thank you to all who participated in our smoke blog customer survey in August. Here are the results of your feedback.
This blog is due to great partnerships between several Washington agencies and federal teams. A giant thank you to Ranil Dhammapala, Farren Herron-Thorpe, and Matt Kadlec at Washington Department of Ecology; Janice Peterson and Marlin Martinez at the U.S. Forest Service; Teresa Lohr, Julie Fox, and Cris Lab at Washington Department of Health; all the hardworking Air Resource Advisors in the field; and many others who worked tirelessly to get information out there every day. We are grateful for their commitment and dedication to our Washington communities.
We also thank you for your questions and comments, and for sharing this information with your neighbors.
Have a wonderful winter and spring in our beautiful state of Washington. Breathe well.