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).
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Comparison of the Last 6 Years of Smoke from Wildfires
The State Department of Ecology has put together the graph above showing that some communities are seeing greater effects from smoke than previous years. Many of the communities closest to the larger and longer burning wildfires are seeing more days this year that are in the very unhealthy and even hazardous ranges.