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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).





Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Wolverine Fire - Smoke Summary Tuesday, August 11th

Today:  Warmer and drier.  Morning conditions are expected  to be smoky for the Holden-Stehekin area.  Morning inversions predicted to lift by 9-10 am allowing smoke dispersal.  Hazy/smoky conditions may develop over the Cascade Range and Methow Valley.  Smoke is expected to sink into valley/lake inversions at night creating smoky conditions for upper Lake Chelan.
Wednesday:  Continued warming and drying.  Morning inversions expected to hold smoke in the Lake Chelan valley.   Afternoon instability and transport could create hazy/smoky conditions for the north Cascade Range. Isolated afternoon thunder showers possible.   Evening northwest winds increasing 15-20 mph which could move light smoke southwest of the Wolverine Fire.
                    Thursday:  Thursday has the potential for critical fire weather. Windy, dry conditions combined with scattered thundershowers are possible.  
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August 11
Today
Air Quality 
August 12
Wednesday
Air Quality
August 13
Thursday
Air Quality
Comments
Chelan
Good
Good
Good

Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Manson
Good
Good
Good
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Methow Valley
Good
Good
Good
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly, these predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity.  The air quality outlook is based on data from automated instruments that have not been subjected to a quality assurance review. AQI’s estimated for sites with air monitors.
Index Levels of Health Concern

Actions Recommended by WA Department of Ecology to Reduce Smoke Exposure
Good

None
Moderate

People with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or have had a stroke should limit outdoor activities or do activities that take less effort, such as walking instead of running.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Sensitive groups include people with heart or lung disease, asthma, diabetes, infants, children, adults older than 65, pregnant women, or who have had a stroke.  These people should limit time spent outdoors.
Unhealthy

Everyone should limit time spent outdoors. Everyone should avoid exercising outdoors (including sports teams) and choose non-strenuous indoor activities. People with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or have had a stroke should stay indoors. Infants, children, pregnant women and adults over age 65 should also stay indoors.
Very Unhealthy

Everyone should stay indoors, do only light activities, and keep windows closed if it is not too hot. Run air conditioners on re-circulate and close the outside air intake. Use indoor air cleaners with HEPA filters, if available. If you must be outdoors, wear an N-95 respirator mask. People with chronic diseases should check with their health care provider before wearing a mask.
Check with your local health department for health information. People with asthma, lung and heart disease, or have had a stroke should check with their health care provider for advice about leaving the area. Anyone with shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, or difficulty moving or speaking should call their health care provider or call 911.
Hazardous

Everyone should stay indoors, do only light activities, and keep windows closed if it is not too hot. Run air conditioners on re-circulate and close the outside air intake. Use indoor air cleaners with HEPA filters, if available. If you must be outdoors, wear an N-95 respirator mask. People with chronic diseases should check with their health care provider before wearing a mask.
Check with your local health department for health information. People with asthma, lung and heart disease, or have had a stroke should check with their health care provider for advice about leaving the area. Anyone with shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, or difficulty moving or speaking should call their health care provider or call 911.

For more information about smoke in Washington State, visit http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

For more information about the Wolverine Fire and other fires, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

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