Monday, July 13, 2015

Wildfire smoke forecast 13- 15 July 2015

As expected, southwesterly flow over the weekend helped flush out smoke from most areas of the state. Air quality has remained good at most locations statewide since Saturday evening, though a few areas took a little longer to scour out.


Southwest winds will continue through Wednesday before turning northwest on Thursday. There is a risk of lightning in the far southeastern part of the state today, followed by strong winds through the mountain gaps and Columbia Basin.


Washington is likely to see good air quality at most locations through the work week, though areas close to wildfires could occasionally see moderate air. But lightning and strong winds may cause new fires and pose problems for firefighting efforts, so we’re not out of the woods yet.



Ranil Dhammapala, PhD

Air Quality Program

Washington Department of Ecology




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