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).





SMOKE AND HEALTH


Smoke and Your Health
Humo y su Salud
 
Washington State Department of Health 
Exposure to wildfire smoke can cause health problems. Some symptoms include:
  • burning eyes
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • worsening of heart and lung conditions
The possibility for high levels of smoke to worsen symptoms or trigger health effects for the people with heart disease or lung disease is especially a concern because this can be life-threatening. Sensitive groups include:
  • people with heart and lung disease
  • people with respiratory infections
  • people with diabetes
  • infants and children
  • pregnant women
  • people over 65

US EPA's "Smoke Sense" App for Androids

Get current and location-specific information about smoke, learn about health impacts, and participate in a citizen science project. Now available for Androids. www.epa.gov/air-research/smoke-sense

US EPA's "AirNow" App for Androids and Apple Devices

Get current and location-specific information about air pollution (PM2.5 and ozone). https://developer.epa.gov/airnow/

Frequently asked questions about smoke and your health.
 
 
Recommendations on the use of face masks during a wildfire event.
Recommendations for recess, P.E., and athletic events and practices at schools during smoky conditions.
Recommendations for schools and buildings with mechanical ventilation.
Washington State Department of Ecology
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Centers for Disease Control

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Humo y su
Salud


Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington
Información sobre los efectos de salud del humo y saber cómo protegerse uno mismo y a su familia.

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el humo de incendios forestales. 
Recomendaciones en cómo usar máscaras que cubren la cara durante los incendios forestales.
Recomendaciones para recreos, educación física y eventos atléticos y prácticas en la escuela cuando hay humo en el aire.

Recomendaciones para las escuelas y los edificios con ventilación mecánica. 
Departamento de Ecología del Estado de Washington
Centrol para el control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

7 comments:

  1. Scheduled to fly into Seattle on 9/11. History of Asthma (not severe), should I be concerned about smoke inhalation from the fires?

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    1. No guarantees that Seattle will be smoke free. The long range forecast (with much uncertainty a week out) suggests smoke should be minimal and not prolonged, but that could change. If you're not headed to eastern Washington then the odds appear in your favor. However please keep watching this blog and prepare to take the health precautions mentioned above on this page.

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  2. This is great info. I have been watching it daily for the last 3 days now. I had plans to go hike up at Mt Baker this Friday 9/8, how is the health hazard at the 5000' elevation level?

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    1. Should have mostly cleared by tomorrow. Winds are gradually picking up. Models show most of the smoke clearing by morning tomorrow. But bear in mind that there might be some hold-outs in the N.Cascades valleys, where smoke can be hard to dislodge.

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  3. Heading to Winthrop area on September 20 - 23 (work related), also have asthma. Any thoughts/predictions on air quality 10 days from now? Considering rescheduling if possible...

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    1. Between now and 10 days from now a lot can happen with the weather and fire behavior. With a portion of the Diamond Creek fire 11 miles north of Mazama, air quality will likely vary a great deal until a significant weather event helps put the fire out. Check back for smoke forecasts closer to your schedules dates.

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