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).





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Monitors
Interactive map of air monitoring locations in Washington


More Info
For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Washington’s air monitoring network follow these steps once you are on the state’s air monitoring page:



These monitors are deployed only as needed during major smoke incidents.  

Local and national air quality website by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Nationwide conditions.  If there is a big smoke incident in Washington, you may find it here.

12 comments:

  1. when will we see a clearing in in the walla walla area?

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    1. Sorry for the delay in responding to all the comments.
      Expect clearing this weekend, starting on Saturday and gradually improving through Monday.

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  2. Having the updating air quality dots for different areas is very helpful! Thank you! Sometimes dots close together vary a lot though eg 2 dots around Olympia last night (Sun eve) and this morning the northern coast and several around Seattle. Why the differences and how often do the dots recalculate/get updated?

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    1. We blogged about reasons for large differences within short distances here: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/2017/08/monday-and-tuesday-will-be-like-sunday.html.
      Colors are recalculated every hour and data from the past several hours are considered.

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  3. Difficult to see how current this info is. For instance, the air quality map (dots) isn't dated.

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    1. It you click on a colored dot, the date and time of the last update of that monitor appears at the bottom of the information bubble.

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  4. Am just curious why the dots on your air quality monitoring map don't match (in color) the dots shown on the Washington state air quality map (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa)?

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  5. The map on this site is pulled directly from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA has developed a nationally applicable scale to warn the public about health effects from air pollution - the Air Quality Index or AQI. Washington Department of Ecology developed an air quality advisory that is more protective of public health and is called WAQA (rather than AQI). Basically, it changes color at lower levels of air pollution. There’s a little note right below the map displayed on the blog that advises people to go with the more precautionary level if the two maps differ. Thanks for your question.

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  6. Where is the air quality for Pend Oreille County? There is over 3500 acres burning right now in Metaline Falls, WA... the Noisy Creek fire! The residents have been waking up to a haze of smoke for over a month now & it's only getting worse... can't tell me the air quality is fine.

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    1. As we speak, Ecology is installing a temporary air monitor in the city of Newport, Pend Oreille County, for the Noisy Creek fire. Once it starts reporting, it will appear on the blog map above. It should be reporting by tomorrow (Friday, Aug 11). We're also working on getting a monitor installed in Metaline Falls. We'll follow up with that information shortly.

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  7. How are conditions for north cascades national park this weekend looking?

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    1. Conditions look good! It will be partly cloudy and temperatures will be warm. The afternoons will see a bump-up of winds to ~10 mph, but calmer winds in the evening. The NCNP should continue to see clean air throughout the weekend, as winds will be from the west. Smoke from the Diamond Creek fire should travel east and not be a problem for the NCNP. Smoke from the BC fires will likely make its way to the northeast corner of WA, completely missing NCNP.

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