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).





WHERE'S THE FIRE?


Quick Info
Official Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Twitter account.
Wildfire news and updates from the Pacific Northwest Region.
           

Details
InciWeb       
Wildfire Incident Information System - Washington Wildfires
May have 24-48 hr delay between fire detection and posting.
           
NWCC
Northwest Interagency Coordination Center
Washington and Oregon Wildfires - Morning briefing
                       

Maps and Satellite
Washington & Oregon Fire Locations

Large Incidents
Larger wildfire smoke plumes are clearly visible. Cloud cover can interfere with view.


Prescribed Burns



64 comments:

  1. Any word on the fires burning between BZ Corner and Trout Lake along Hwy 141 on July 8, 2017? Lots of smoke and many helicopters delivering loads of water.

    We live in Husum and are, naturally, concerned.

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  2. Here is some information from InciWeb. The fire's original location was about 5+ miles, north of Husum Washington. It started around 10:30 PM on the night of the 7th. It spread rapidly on July 8, under dry, windy conditions. The fire is burning in steep and timbered land. Hwy 141 is closed at BZ Corner, and at Trout Lake. A detour is available from BZ Corner, thru Glenwood, coming out at Trout Lake. Find out more under the InciWeb link above. Thanks for you question.

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  3. You can also use the DNR Wildfire Twitter Feed above (#DryCreekFire) or Klickitat County's Twitter page (#KlickitatCounty). These social media sites can be a good source for quick information on this fire. For smoke concerns, please see the health messages under the Smoke and Health tab above.

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  4. I see smoke near Sherman pass any fire reports this is as of 7/15/2017

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    1. There were a lot of posts on the Canyon Creek Fire this weekend on DNR Wildfire Twitter Feed above. A more specific twitter page has been created using #CanyonCreekFire. For other details, use the Local Gov tab above and scroll down to Okanogan where you will find links to other services. If you are impacted by smoke use the “Smoke and Health” tab above to get information for limiting your exposure.

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    2. I SMELL smoke. but I don't know where. in Belfair WA atm. ^^

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    3. I'm in Sultan wa where is all the smoke coming from?

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  5. Loads of smoke swept into the try cities washington, a thick, foggy smoke.

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  6. What's the source of smoke in Chehalis ?

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    1. Sorry for the delay. The smoke at the time of your post was from the large wildfires occurring in Canada.

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  7. Try staying in your house and turn on your air conditioner(s). Either that, or head for the nearest huge freeway that is anywhere near (within 5 miles) of where you are. In house that is air conditioned is best, because you might be able to stay uncooked that way. Maybe.

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  8. there is smoke all around us 8/2/17 all day long in Tacoma wa near university please wa

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  9. There is smoke pretty bad in western washington

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  10. I see smoke near Othello,Wa any fire near by 8/4/17

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  11. We live in Kennewick and we can't afford cooling or heating! We have to open the door and windows to keep cool, so we are suffering out here!

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  12. That's tough. You might try hanging out at a nearby Library or shopping mall. Both are free and no one will kick you out. Explain the situation. Also any friends or family with air conditioning.

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  13. That's tough. Can you go to the local library, shopping mall, or coffee shop for a few hours?

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  14. Keeping doors and windows shut is imperative to long term health concerns. Hang a wet towel in front of a fan for cooling effects. Keep a wet handkerchief tied around nose and mouth when you have to go outside if you do not have a proper mask to filter out the smoke particles.

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  15. Could you please explain this paragraph** (on first or home page of website) to the uninitiated? Are the BC fires under control? I have an auto-immune illness and the last almost two weeks having been a living h*ll on the health front. Always have a store of N-95's when I fly; knew of all the other precautions. Perhaps you could list some indicators that might cause Western WA's air to again become marginal. Thanks to all who contributed in any way to website. ** Here is beginning of said paragraph: "None of the weather models are advertising an imminent return to conditions conducive for BC wildfire smoke to return. At least not within the next week. However smoke from local fires and some in Oregon could continue impacting eastern WA, so please pay attention to future smoke forecasts."

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    1. The BC fires are still burning. However, since the winds have picked up and shifted direction, those fires are no longer blowing smoke towards Washington. The fires in WA and OR are not nearly as large as those in BC, so those smoke plumes will not impact our state nearly as much... you may not notice them at all depending on your location. Yesterday was not a good day to be in Montana, but the air in Washington was quite nice. Expect much cleaner air for the next few days and breathe much easier! You might like to look at the fire-location and smoke plume analysis that is updated a few times per day by NOAA. It's a great way to stay up to date on where fires are and where smoke is going... though you typically won't see the smoke appear in these images until late-morning/early afternoon. http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/currenthms.jpg

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  16. There is heavy smoke in the Skagit valley,in Skagit county Washington this morning is that from local fires or from BC fires?

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    1. Just blogged about this. Please see http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/2017/08/smoke-on-west-side-should-start.html

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  17. Why is stanwood wa so smokey?

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    1. Oregon wildfire smoke. Due to clear by tomorrow. See http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/2017/08/smoke-on-west-side-should-start.html

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  18. We are in Vancouver WA and have had smoky hazy skies yesterday and today. Assuming this is also from OR and WA wildfires. Fingers crossed it will start to clear tonight. Thanks for the updates.

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  19. Where is the smoke coming from that is hanging over Sandpoint Idaho

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    1. There are enough active fires in the Pacific Northwest states and Canada that depending on wind speeds and direction Sandpoint, ID may be receiving smoke from many sources. Based on yesterday’s satellite image and smoke prediction tools, that seems to be the case. Daily satellite images are usually available around 1 pm. Go to the “Where’s the Fire” tab above, scroll to “Maps and Satellite,” then click on the “MODISSatellite.” For more details about Idaho, check out their smoke blog, http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

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    2. You might also like this link that shows color imagery for all hours of the day. Looks like Oregon smoke where you are.

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  20. I am traveling from POrtland to Okanogam WA on Thursday. Should I be prepared for encounters with wildfires along the way? I am aware of the fire burning in Cascade Locks which will affect my travel on I84. I plan on going I84 to Biggs Junction then over the Bridge of the Gods and then on through Goldendale including Satus Pass and Blewett. My concern is not only fire but having to take a detour in unfamiliar territory especially with my young child traveling with me.

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    1. Though I'm not aware of any closures or detours at present along that route (keep watching http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/), there will be few smoke-free areas on that journey. Have you considered I-5 north to Mt. Vernon and taking Highway 20 across the North Cascades? You will have to contend with the wonderful traffic around Seattle, but you will be upwind of fires for the bulk of the trip by Thursday.

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  21. A red/orange moon here in Kent, Washington, as well as a thin layer of ash covering everything.

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  22. Increasingly HEAVY smoke layer here in Yakima Basin. Visibility down to about 1/4 mile - it's like being next to a slash burn... Air quality here is now so bad it burns the eyes and makes you cough.

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  23. Where is the fire? Where's the smoke coming from?

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    1. As we have blogged about extensively on this site, there are many fires burning in-state and many in Montana and Oregon contributing large swathes of smoke statewide. Depending on where you are located, you could be impacted by smoke from one or more fires.

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  24. Lots of smoke and ash in the Joint Base Lewis McChord and Tacoma, WA area. Is there a new fire around this area? If not what fire is causing smoke and ash in this area?

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    1. There are many fires in Washington and surrounding states that could be contributing to ash fall. For new fires, please see the "InciWeb" link under "Details" farther up on this page.

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  25. Please dont laugh at me, but I wonder....Is there a connection between the eclipse and the increase in wildfires? Also, people talk about a new normal in climate resulting from global warming. Is what we are seeing a domino effect? It appears weather conditions and landmass activities are changing rapidly as well as dramatically.

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  26. Where's Smokey the Bear? I want Smokey the bear returned to signage, schools, and major media PSA's so people know "only you can prevent forest fires"!
    Meanwhile I hope we use every CAT we've got to create fire breaks to get jolly and other fires under control. We can include whoever usually works in construction and privately contract some people who usually work roads or something, give them fire shirts and pants and bulldoze some breaks. Sorry but it's gotta be done so the rest of the timber stays intact. When we are done let's help OR and Canada so that we get our air quality back. This is ridiculous this year. I've lived here for 49 years and I have Never seen ash like this except for the Mt St Helens eruption.

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  27. Suggesting USDA and BLM contract with a bunch of local people even volunteers that could even work part time with CATS issue fire protective clothing and fire shelters and radios and send them to create large firebreaks. Had enough of this ash. I've lived here for 49 years and I have Never seen or experienced this!

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  28. People have been talking about a fire by the Red Wind Casino. I can't find any official posts about it. Can you confirm or deny that there's actually a fire? Thanks!

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    1. I am unaware of one. Satellites are unable to detect anything through the smoke. Keep an eye on the DNR Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/waDNR_fire

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  29. Hello, We are going to Leavenworth Washington September 22. Do you know if there is currently smoke? We just got back from Calgary Canada this past weekend and the smoke was awful..

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    1. Please see the map above. Leavenworth has had and still has a lot of smoke thanks to the proximity of a large fire. It is very hard to forecast 3 weeks out. Fire behavior/ growth/ control changes. Please keep watching this site

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  30. I live in bremerton, i took my dog out this morning and smelled wood burning. I don't watch the news how close are the fires to me

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    1. This blog contains lots of resources on the fire locations and air quality forecast, including the page just above.

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  31. Is it supposed to get bad again near Chelan regarding air quality. We have a trip planned from Sunday to Thursday and I'm just wondering if we should cancel.

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    1. The latest forecast on this site is showing the air quality to be Moderate for Chelan Sunday Sept 10. See: Home tab above or https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/2017/09/smoke-forecast-for-central-washington_35.html

      Note that air quality can get worse from evening through morning when the atmosphere is cooler and particularly when the air is still or only light winds. It is too uncertain to forecast as far out as you are asking. However if winds become lighter and more variable as the weather forecast shows, it is possible for some smoke to fill back into Chelan and other areas on the east slopes of the cascades.

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    1. Not sure what area you are referring to but see the reply to the question just above.

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  33. Is the firing still burning or can the gorge be seen?

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    1. Yes and yes. Please see the web links at the top of this page

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  34. going to Leavenworth oct 16 need to know if it still smoky there????

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    1. Please see the map with the air quality monitors at the top of this page. It is obvious that there is currently smoke in Leavenworth (air is Moderate as I type). Very hard to predict smoke 1 month out, so check back closer to the date

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  35. Hello, We have a trip planned to go to Stehekin this coming Thursday and Friday (Sept 14 & 15). Is it safe and how smoky is it in Lake Chelan and Stehekin?

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    1. Please see the map with the air quality monitors at the top of this page. Chelan air is Moderate as I write. The town of Chelan will be downwind of the Uno Peak fire on those days but Stehekin will be upwind. Expect mostly Moderate/ Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air in Chelan and Good air in Stehekin Thu & Fri

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  36. Hello. The Puyallup area from Fredrickson north to the city itself is blanketed in a heavy layer of smoke. It's so strong it's hard to imagine it's from wildfires in eastern wa. My breathing is affected. Is there some local wildfire? What location do you think it's from? How far would I need to travel to get away from it?

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    1. We just posted to the blog about smoke in western WA today. Your area is being impacted by the Norse Peak fire, which is near Chinook Pass. Expecting it will clear by tomorrow afternoon but if you need to get away, the WA coast (Aberdeen etc) is expected to remain smoke free.

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  37. Are there fires near Winthrop affecting air quality at this time? If so, is there forecasting for improvement for the air quality for the week of September 24th, in that area?

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    1. Yes the Diamond Creek fire is smoking out the Methow Valley. Forecasts 1 week out are highly uncertain; it is unknown how fires will respond to rain that is forecast in the next few days. Please check this blog closer to the date, and even if there is no new blog article, pay attention to the local air quality using the monitoring data map above.

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  38. Wow, we are smelling the fire here in Dupont Washington. Very Strong! 17:07 9/16/17

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  39. Strong smell of smoke/fire here in Bellingham.

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  40. I am at Sunset Falls Lodge in the Index WA area off of highway 2. It has been smokey here for two days. Where are the fires that are creating this smokey condition here in the Index area? Are these fires in control? Will the predicted rain today knock some of the fires and smoke down? Thanks

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    1. Likely the still-to-be-contained Jolly Mountain fire. The Inciweb link at the top of this page will provide you with up-to-date details on all major fires in WA. This week's rain will certainly put a dampener on the smoke but it is unknown whether fires will be extinguished.

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  41. This is a very helpful and powerful resource. It would be even better if you could sort the comments, replies, and answers by last in, at the top of the list instead of having to scroll through months of comments to get to today's comments and responses. Give the user some sort tools, inclusive of last modified or latest, most recent in at THE TOP, not the bottom of the list. Thanks

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