WHERE'S THE FIRE?


Quick Info
Official Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Twitter account.
Tracks large fires (100+ acres in timber or 300+ acres in grass/brush) and/or incidents with a Type 1 or 2 incident management team assigned. Small fires or new fires show up as unnamed red heat detects.

Map of Large Wildfires - National Wildfire Coordinating Group
Clickable map of known fires and hotspots.            

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Wildfire Incident Information System - Washington Wildfires
May have 24-48 hr delay between fire detection and posting.

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Maps and Satellite
Washington & Oregon Fire Locations

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


Prescribed Burns




131 comments:

  1. I have a clear view of the Olympic Mountains to my west, and have been watching a fire to the north of Quilcine. The smoke is streaming southward down the Hood Canal.

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    1. I just looked at the DNR report for permitted burns in the state today and there is not one in that area on their list. Land managers can burn up to 100 tons of material without a permit so that's my best guess.

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    2. we are in Matlock, west of Shelton, and can see billowing white smoke rising over the distant ridge towards Hood Canal NNE of here. We did do not see this earlier.

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    3. Rand, that must be the Maple fire. Has been burning for a few days. See https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6111/

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  2. That is disgusting: That anyone can burn up to 100 tons of material without a permit. That must stop! Wood smoke (eg: burning trees and that type of land clearing) is 12 TIMES more toxic than a cigarette (and research shows that even second hand cigarette smoke can cause significant harm or even death) Let's stop allowing this massive air pollution: period !

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    1. Burning is not allowed in cities or urban growth areas. Land clearing is illegal. Prescribed burning is not land clearing.

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    2. You’re absolutely right. We need a federal law that bans forest fires. Why don’t you make that happen.

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    3. Blah blah. Fyi. This smoke is not coming from voluntary Burns. Get real

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    4. This is nothing compared to what is going on in South America with clear cut burning and their fires. It is a global outrage really.

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  3. What about Job Corp in Curlew. How close are they to a fire.,please answer someone???

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    1. We are not aware of any fires in that vicinity, or smoke affecting Curlew.

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  4. I started smelling smoke/fire in North Tacoma last night around midnight. I can't find anything on the news, are there any wildfires blowing smoke in our direction?

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    1. Awesome, thanks for your reply!

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    2. There is a fire in Mason County sending a little smoke over the Seattle area. Relatively stagnant air would cause any smoke to linger. However winds will gradually pick up this evening and start to flush out the area.

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  5. It smells like a camp fire in the Kirkland, WA area, what gives?

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    1. Please see my response to the comment just above.

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  6. Today, my children and I were driving across Yelm, and saw fire at a hay farm that seems to be very quickly spreading from the field to structures in the property. As we left Yelm, and entered McKenna and Roy, it smelled like there was a whole other fire burning off into the woods off the road. The smoke was bothering our eyes and noses, and the smoke smelled differently. Is there info about the other fire?

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    1. Havent seen reports about major fires in the area. Cant rule out smaller brush/ grass fires closer to Yelm. Cloud cover is preventing satellites from seeing anything this morning but air monitors havent registered anything major either.

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  7. I grew up in Whitman county & recently returned. I do not recall wildfires as an annual event in this region. An occassional wheat fire,yes,but this new pattern seems much more intense. Are there more large fires now compared to the 60s & 70s ?

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    1. While we work on a response to your question, please see this research article on the smoke levels over the years: https://phys.org/news/2018-07-wildfires-bad-air-days-northwest.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

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  8. Where are the Mason County fires?

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    1. See https://q13fox.com/2018/07/17/mason-county-sheriff-says-number-of-wildfires-suspicious-setting-up-investigative-task-force/

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  9. Seeing lots of smoke south of Goldendale near Columbia River any clue.

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    1. Please see the map above. Shows fires in N. central Oregon. Winds are moving the smoke over that area

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  10. Smoky smell right now in Spokane, Wa. We had a smallish fire a few days ago that is almost entirely out. What am I smelling smoke from?

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    1. Likely a mix of fires along the WA- BC border, and some smoke from a fire around Yakima. We just blogged about this

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  11. Spokane area seems to be smokey

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  12. Is there any info on the smokey condition in north Okanogan cty.?

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    1. As shown on the map above, there are some fires along the WA- BC border and smoke is very likely drifting down the Okanogan river valley. North winds are likely over the next few days so smoke impacts are likely to continue, with some daytime clearing

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  13. We live in Rose Valley, near Kelso Washington and woke up to a lot of smoke hanging low in the trees. Has anyone heard of a fire near here?

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    1. Hi, the only fire that might have transported some smoke that way seems to be located on JBLM- see map above. However the smoke is very light- if the fire is still burning - and models suggest winds wont continue to transport the smoke your way much longer.

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  14. I live in browns addition we’re smelling a bit of heavy smoke right now are there any fires nearby anyone has heard of that could be causing it?

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    1. Hi Nicole. No wildfires, but the news reported a house fire in northwest Spokane and a small brush fire near Little Spokane Drive last night. Both cleared. If you're on Facebook, the Spokane News page is great for finding immediate info on emergencies in the city. https://www.facebook.com/SpokaneNews/

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  15. There's been increasing smoke haze around Sequim and Port Angeles over the last week. Is this coming from Siberia or local fires?

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    1. Likely Siberia. See the blog article posted a few minutes ago

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  16. Anyone no what's up with all the smoke around Plain towards Lake Wenatchee I live on Shugart Flats Rd.

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    1. Mostly Siberian and BC smoke over much of eastern WA. Please see the last blog post.

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  17. What is causing the smoke around the Entiat area

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    1. As explained in the last two blog posts, much of eastern WA is impacted by smoke from Siberian and BC fires.

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  18. Smelled smoke in Bellingham in the North end on Yew Street Road. Is this from the fire near the border or is there a fire in Whatcom county? This was between 8 and 9pm 8-27-18. can I get on a list so that I will get updates on the Air quality in Bellingham? I take care of Elderly people so I need to know.
    Thank You

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    1. Hi,

      Our air quality monitor on Yew Street did record a spike in smoke around that time and it seems to have been from a source to your southeast. Havent been able to positively identify which fire.

      Two options for getting on a list:
      1. The Northwest Clean Air Agency could send out alerts if you sign up to one of their lists. See http://nwcleanairwa.gov/signup/.
      2. You can subscribe to RSS feeds from this blog and be alerted when there are new postings related to wildfire smoke anywhere in the state.

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  19. can anyone tell me about the wrong creek fire near greenwater?

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    1. Satellites are detecting it but dont have a lot more details. Smoke likely flowing downslope at night

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  20. Smelling thick smoke in and around Lake tapps and Lakeland hills in WA

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  21. We have been smelling smoke here for the past 5 days. We are 10 miles south of Snohomish Washington. There are people in this neighborhood foolish enough to be burning rubbish and brush in this dry weather. There are those who burn rubbish year round here - horrific choking foul smell is often in the air. This area is heavily wooded.

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  22. Thick smoke in the south tacoma area just east of Spanaway Lake...

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    1. Smoke in Tacoma was probably due to the fire on Dupont-Steilacoom Road; the wind direction very well aligns with the fire location.

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  23. I haven't been able to look at any of ur post you have been posting with information. So I live in Yakima and was in Potholes state park over the weekend and we had ash falling, which begs to ask. Where are the washington state fires that's causing the ash fall and heavy heavy smoke?

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    1. Washington now has a few large wildfires to contend with including two in the vicinity of Lake Chelan - Chelan Hills and Cougar Creek. One of those fires was probably the source of ash in the Potholes area.

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  24. I'm in Northeast Tacoma and have noticed an increase of smoke in the last couple hours. It started about 7pm and has continued to get much worse. Any idea if this is something local or smoke being blown in from elsewhere?

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    1. A small-ish fire on Harstine island started last night. Sending some light smoke into the area. Not expected to worsen significantly.

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  25. In the Ephrata area I woke to a very orange sun, heavy smoke smell in the air and a smokey haze all around us. Is this from the fire in the Lake Chelan area?

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    1. I suspect the Cougar Creek fire near Lake Chelan is the main source of smoke in your area but there are other fires in the state and in Canada that are probably mixing up and contributing to the smoky soup.

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  26. Selah smells like there is a fire

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  27. I just went outside at 10:30 in Seattle, NE, and it smells terribly of smoke. Why???

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    1. Probably some residual smoke from a local fire. Nothing on the air quality monitors and satellites suggesting any large fire.

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  28. A strong smoldering smoke smell in East County, Vancouver WA. It 5:00 am Aug 5,2018. I get an uneasy feeling not knowing where it is coming from, or should we be breathing it..

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    1. No clear indication of a large source anywhere near you. Air quality in the whole area is & has been Good for several days now. If it is causing you breathing difficulties (and some people are affected more even at low levels of smoke, than others) then please refer to the health- protection resources on this blog.

      We are watching the smoke from southern OR, to see if some will drift down. Please watch this blog.

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  29. where can we get a link to the satellites you are using to observe smoke plumes? Seems like a simple question, and I have asked it about 5 or 6 times now. Is that satellite classified or something??

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    1. Havent seen a question to that effect here. You can look at the MODIS images (http://ge.ssec.wisc.edu/modis-today/), NASA's Worldview (https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/), and the current day GOES west animation (https://atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/wxloop.cgi?vis1km+today).
      I should point out that satellites arent the only tools used to observe smoke.

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  30. Strong smell of smoke in mckenna area pierce county

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  31. Strong smell of smoke on Coyle Peninsula. MM10

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    1. Just posted an update. CA/ OR smoke over western WA likely mixing down. Maybe a small local fire in the area too, but no intel yet.

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  32. We are heading to Stehekin on Aug 8 for a few days, and wondering if the air quality will be safe (we do not have AC there) because of the Crescent Mountain (and other?) fires. Thank you.

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    1. Hi, it is unlikely that air in Stehekin will be much better than "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" this work week. Smoke from area fires is hanging around and there wont be much wind through Friday to scrub it out. Periods of Unhealthy air are possible. Sensitive individuals in your party might be affected more than healthy adults. If you do go, ensure you have a supply of N95 masks and run your car A/C (if applicable) in recirculation mode.

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  33. Strong smoke smell in Ephrata, Wa at 2a.m.

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  34. Wenatchee, Wa. I think the fire is drom Eniat, but we're getting a lot of the smoke. I've got something that is going to keep me outside for a couple of hours each day. Do you know if the smoke will clear by then?

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    1. Hi, smoke is expected to clear this weekend so there wont be too much risk in working outdoors. However we're likely to see a return to still conditions next week. With so many fires around, it is very likely you will encounter smoke. Taking frequent clean air breaks, wearing N95 or N100 masks (ordinary dust masks, handkerchiefs or bandanas are not effective at filtering out smoke) are among the precautions you can take.

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  35. We're in Yelm by the High School and there is alot of smoke in the air, a orange hue being cast and a very stong smell of a fire nearby...anyone have any information on it?

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    1. I don't see any official reports, and the nearest monitors aren't showing anything. However, there was fire activity on JBLM yesterday according to satellite hot-spot maps. It is possible that you are smelling smoke from a current JBLM fire.

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  36. There's no smell of smoke here but the sun is orange so wondering if this is from a nearby fire in Clallam or Jefferson counties??

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    1. I'm not sure of your location, but the smoke overhead could be local as you suggest or from widespread regional smoke from multiple locations. You can see interactive satellite imagery with hot spots here https://go.nasa.gov/2AWDdAS

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  37. Heavy smoke in Republic, WA ..Much worse today than yesterday. Cant see across the valley anymore. Is this from the Nighthawk fire? north of Omak?

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  38. I have not found any news of the Nighthawk fire - it must be brand new. Also the wind today may be carrying smoke from Cougar Creek and Crescent Mountain right towards Republic today. Those fires are large and active and smoky.

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    1. Snowy Mountain Fire just north of Nighthawk in BC started July 17th is now over 13000 hectares.

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  39. I'm in Spokane Valley WA and I can smell lot's of smoke?

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    1. Could be the Grass Valley fire, west of you. My brother’s family had to evacuate Grand Coulee last night due to this fire

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    2. Lots of new fire starts from the lightning yesterday, DNR reported at least 60 (most will get controlled while still small). A new fire - Grass Valley in Douglas County - spread very rapidly to 60,000 acres so that may be a significant part of the smoke you’re smelling.

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  40. I'm out here near the old town of Amber - a tad north of Williams Lk. This morning the smoke is very thick and toxic. Worse than it was here yesterday. Where in the world is this darn wildfire??

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    1. It's often a little tricky to tell where smoke is originating but it looks like winds are from the north and the source of your smoke may be a combination of the fires on the Colville National Forest (Boyds and Horns Mtn.). Fires in N. Idaho are also beginning to send smoke to the greater Spokane area as winds shift to the NE.

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  41. Why is there such a big difference between this map and the map on the Department of Ecology (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/)? I am in the Tricities area and on this page shows as moderate meanwhile the Department of Ecology website shows as unhealty.

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    1. Hi Lorna. The map above shows national monitors which uses the EPA's air quality reporting system called the Air Quality Index (AQI). Washington uses its own reporting system called the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA). Both use color-coded categories to show when air quality is good, moderate, or unhealthy. The difference is that the state's WAQA is based on lower levels of fine particle pollution than the federal AQI. This allows us to alert you earlier to protect your health. When 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). Read more about WAQA here: https://ecology.wa.gov/Research-Data/Monitoring-assessment/Washington-Air-Quality-Advisory

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    2. Thank you, I have been doing that, I was just curious. Thanks again!

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  42. We have a thick haze here in Bremerton, but I don't see any nearby fires. Could it be from the Maple fire?

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    1. The thick haze in your area is most likely from Canadian wildfire activity. You can see the most recent MODIS image here: https://go.nasa.gov/2MITAm6

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  43. We are RVing in Prosser, WA and the smoke is so thick you can taste it with about a mile visibility. Where is the fire?

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    1. Winds from the North have transported smoke from fires in Chelan, Okanogan, and British Columbia. Most of the state is covered in moderate to heavy smoke. You can see the most recent MODIS image here: https://go.nasa.gov/2MITAm6

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  44. 1) We must have much stricter rules to prevent fires: fire ban everywhere, no smoking in nature, no parking car on dry grass etc. 2) We should create breaks in the forest and install water irrigation where possible to prevent spread.

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    1. Tha rules you are strongly requesting are going to cost. The question is cost who?

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    2. Unfortunately you can't create a rule for lightning, which is the primary cause of wildfire ignition in places that can't be easily accessed by firefighters.

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  45. What city are the fires located in?

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  46. There are fires all around the state but especially near Wenatchee/Entiat and in the Methow Valley outside of Winthrop and Twisp. But a lot of our smoke is coming from fires in Canada right now.

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  47. When can we expect better air quality? We're in king county and my young kids are just miserable and getting sick.

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  48. Strong smell of smoke this AM on the Coyle (Toandoes) Peninsula; 10 mile marker.

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    1. This is likely fresh smoke from the Maple fire which is nearby in the Olympic National Park. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6111/

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  49. Getting pretty heavy smoke in Raymond. Any news?

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  50. Is there firesfall around Spokane or something? It's very heavy smoke around here. We are on the west side. Please help me figure this out. I have a infant with ashma and medical issues. Thank you so much though!!!!

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    1. As explained in the main blog posts yesterday & today, a significant amount of smoke from BC is drifting into the state. Eastern WA (including Spokane) is also at the receiving end of smoke from Washington's own fires.
      Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the health- resources on this blog. Some of them will help minimize your child's exposure to smoke. Hope the kid gets better soon.

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  51. Heading to Columbia River Gorge and then to Portland on August 20th. How bad is the smoke in those areas?

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    1. Please see the map of air quality monitors above. Right now, air is Moderate and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in those areas. As mentioned in the forecast, smoke is expected to overrun the whole state (which includes the areas you mention) by tomorrow. Prepare for Unhealthy air and take some precautions mentioned in http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/p/federal.html.

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    2. Smoke is horrible in Grant county can't see maybe 500 yards

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  52. We are planning a trip to Mount Rainier next Sunday are there any fires in that area and is the park open thank you

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    1. For park conditions please check the National Park Service website. The links at the top of this page ("Where's the fire") provide locations of large fires. No major fires in the park right now but a lot can change in a week.

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  53. I'm over in Bothell and the smoke if so thick the sun is orange.

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  54. I'm in prosser. Air is thick and some ash failing down. Can't seem to find where it's coming from. Looked at the map and tried to do research and couldn't find anything. Anyone have any news on that?

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    1. As explained in several posts on this blog, there are many fires in British Columbia sending smoke our way (blanketing the whole state, not just Prosser). Adding to the mix are fires in the Washington Cascades

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  55. Smells like smoke in Covington, WA all day today and the haze was thick. Is this from the Maple fire?

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    1. No, smoke from BC on N.central WA fires.

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    2. super Smokey here in covingtion can't wait for it to clear out

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  56. Live on opposite side of river from Inchelium...smoke is so thick I can't see the water. It's bad. Chest pain, SOB, stinging eyes...tried to leave but it was worse in the car.

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  57. We're heading to Kettle Falls for our houseboat trip on Wednesday. Anyone live in that area and could give us an update on smoke, visibility, etc.? Thankyou

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    1. Air Quality has been very unhealthy to hazardous in that area. Westerly winds will pick up on Thursday and hopefully clear out most of the haze/smoke from BC. However, there will still be impacts from fires in our state for the foreseeable future. Be prepared for unhealthy air, though you might see some intermittent clearing at times.

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  58. We have a trip planned to Seattle (8/24-8/30). I read that the air could improve after Wednesday. Do you think air quality could improve to healthy with the weather change and is there likely to be impact from the fires into next week? We are trying to decide if we should reschedule our trip. We appreciate your blog and all the effort to keep everyone informed. Your site is helpful! Thank you!

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    1. Seattle should be much improved and healthy air is likely by the end of the week. There shouldn't be much impact from wildfires since winds should be primarily from the west for several days. Keep in mind, though, that forecasting next week is highly uncertain.

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  59. My son & I are traveling from Fort Lewis/Tacoma to Spokane Airport Thirsday/Friday this week.Is it safe to travel this route?

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    1. It looks like its smoky now on I-90 and not expected to clear until this evening. Smoke will also be impacting Spokane area for a few hours on Friday afternoon and evening. If you are worried about smoke during the drive, you should leave early Friday morning.

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  60. I'm thinking of camping at Lake Roosevelt. Kellers Ferry. Whats your opinion on conditions Friday thru Tuesday?
    Other thought is Richland. It looks like it will be better there.
    Thoughts?

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    1. I expect the Lake Roosevelt area to be impacted by smoke regularly if not continuously. Richland is pretty far away from any wildfire activity and will have much better air quality.

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  61. Smelling smoke in Centralia. Does anyone know why?

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    1. Smoke from Vancouver Island seems to be making its way there.

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    2. Last night's news said it is not from Vancouver Island.

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    3. Forward trajectories and satellite imagery shows smoke from that area blowing along the coast and then getting caught up in southwesterly flow. The latter would have helped clean out the area if Vancouver island smoke didnt get entrained in them just offshore. Those fires also got energized by stronger NW winds, blowing more smoke.

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  62. Getting Very Smokey in Shelton area now too.

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  63. We wanted to drive over to Bellingham from Spokane and wanted to take the upper park of the North Cascade Highway up and over by Winthrop. Is there any reason, smoke, fires, construction, why we shouldn't go? Thank you

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    1. Please check the WSDOT website for construction updates, road closures and traffic conditions. As for smoke, the above map of air quality monitors suggests Moderate air in the Methow Valley (close to several fires) and the forecast is for it to get no worse than Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups this weekend. So if you run your car a/c in recirculation mode and minimize your time outdoors, you shouldnt be bothered too much by smoke during your drive over.

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  64. Visible from my deck above Mosier, OR a very large plume of smoke rising from the Coyote Wall area (on the WA side). Does anyone know the source?

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    1. This could be a prescribed burn at 45.716233, -121.4162 in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area with approval for 221 tons (55 acres) of understory burning (DNR Permit 40000000960). You can see planned burns here: https://data.wa.gov/Natural-Resources-Environment/DNR-Planned-Prescribed-Burns/smsu-6nc7/data

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  65. smoke plume and smell on the north west side of lake roosevelt, possibly reservation, north east of lincoln fort spokane area

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    1. There has been prescribed burning going on in that area.

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