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).


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

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


  1. I live outside of Benton City, WA and the air is smoke filled. Was wondering where the fire is?

  2. The smoke you are experiencing may have moved on by now but the NWCC Map link above shows that you are between two current wildfire area. Depending the wind and other air currents, you could get smoke from either side. For more details, click on the NWCC Map link above (Where's the Fire tab), wait for the map to load, then you can zoom-in to where you can see city names and fire perimeters.

  3. What do the green dots symbolize?

    1. They are the location of ambient air monitoring stations. (D)

    2. Green is the color you see when the air quality is in the good range. It would be a different color if is worsens to the moderate category and so on. See the "Air Quality Now" or "Smoke and Health" tabs for details on the ranges, colors, and pollutants.

  4. There is a great table that explains this very thing on the next tab over. Click on "Air Quality Now" above. It will open a page with a link that says "Meaning of Color-coded Dots." click on that. If you are looking for more detailed information on the health effects of wildfire smoke, click the "Smoke and Health" tab. Hope this helps.

  5. I live in Cashmere, WA up Olalla Canyon Rd. With smoke infiltrating my house and the area outside this morning, and a strong haze everywhere, I think you need to rethink "good" quality.

  6. The air quality, at best, is moderate, this morning up here in the Cashmere, WA area.

  7. The air quality is not "good" in Cashmere, WA. It is "unhealthy for sensitive groups" at best this morning.

  8. If you are experiencing smoke, please seek the health guidance on the “Smoke and Health” tab above. About the monitors: Even though Washington State has an extensive monitoring network, they are not in all places. There may not be a monitor where you are seeing poor air quality. There are three monitors near Cashmere but not in Cashmere. They are located in Leavenworth, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee. Now on to the colored dots: The colored dots showing air quality change based on a few factors. Mainly, WA Department of Ecology collects hourly data and labels it as top of the hour, therefore the hour must complete before that hours’ data can influence the color of the dot. That can make it lag a little. To see Ecology's monitoring page click on "WA Ecology Air Monitors" below EPA's map above.

  9. Although it doesn't look particularly smoky in Olympia, it sure smells it and it's burning my eyes. Do you know the cause?

    1. Hi, we got stronger-than-expected southwest winds in Olympia today, and were not downwind of any major fires. None of the air quality monitors in the south sound or Olympic Peninsula recorded high levels of pollution today, except the Puyallup monitor that was briefly downwind of the JBLM fire.

      It is hard to tell if you experienced smoke from some localized event. In any event, if you are bothered by smoke, it is best to remove yourself from it by remaining indoors, running your home and/ or car air conditioner in "re-circulate" mode, and use a N-95 face mask if needed. More details on the "Smoke and Health" tab of this blog, at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/p/federal.html


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