Saturday, August 16, 2014

Air Quality Outlook for Saturday, August 16, 2016

Smoke Synopsis:
Cool moist weather continued to moderate fire activity with mostly smoldering occurring in interior portions of the fires. Warmer and drier conditions this weekend may increase fire activity and produce some noticeable smoke.  Winds will switch around to a more pattern, generally from the west and valley drainages should see a return to their typical upslope in the day and downslope at night pattern.

Information on new fire starts from the recent lightning should become apparent over the next few days.  Look for late night and early morning smoke in valleys below any active burn areas.

Air Quality Outlook:
Site
Saturday
August 16, 2014

Sunday
August 17, 2014

Monday
August 18, 2014

Comments
Colville
Good
Good
Moderate

Wellpinit
Good
Good
Moderate

Keller
Moderate
USG
USG

Omak
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate

Malott
Good
Moderate
Moderate

Brewster
Good
Good
Moderate

Winthrop
Good
Good
Moderate

Twisp
Good
Moderate
USG

Chelan
Good
Moderate
Moderate

Entiat
Good
Moderate
USG

Plain
Good
Good
Good

Leavenworth
Good
Moderate
Moderate

Wenatchee
Good
Good
Moderate

Ellensburg
Good
Moderate
Moderate

Yakima
Good
Good
Good

NOTE – in table above “USG” stands for “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
For detailed information about the color coded air quality categories, please see:
Warning: These data have been obtained from automated instruments and have not been subjected to a quality assurance review to determine their accuracy. They are presented for public awareness and should not be considered final. Conditions such as power outages and equipment malfunctions can produce invalid data.

1 Since wildfires often occur in remote areas, air monitoring equipment may not be available. The following table provides a quick method to assess air quality in your area. For more detailed information you can go to the following site: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/visibility.htm
Using the 5-3-1 Visibility Index
Distance you can see*
Your are:

You have:
·  An adult
·  A teenager
·  An older child
·  Age 65 and over
·  Pregnant
·  A young child
OR
·  Asthma
·  Respiratory illness
·  Lung or heart disease
5 miles
check visibility
minimize outdoor activity
3 miles
minimize outdoor activity
stay inside
1 miles
stay inside
stay inside
No matter how far you can see, if you feel like you are having health effects from smoke exposure, take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality.  You should also see your doctor or other health professional as needed.
* less reliable under high humidity conditions

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