Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Statewide smoke forecast through Friday

Air quality is mostly Good statewide and isn't expected to degrade beyond Moderate between now and Friday.

Here's a forecast of roughly where to expect smoke on Thursday (red triangles are fire locations)

Eastern Washington: North-northeast winds have dispersed smoke from the Spokane area. It is being blown into the Columbia Basin in lower concentrations. This is expected to continue through Friday, with more smoke impacts between about 7PM and 10AM, followed by daytime clearing.

Western Washington: Northeast winds have picked up. Depending on activity of the Buck Creek fire, light smoke could settle between Mount Vernon and Tacoma between now and Friday. Again, mostly between 7PM and 10AM, and not expected to be worse than Moderate. A new fire within JBLM is likely to cause some smoke within the Spanaway- Olympia- Centralia triangle.

Smoke from fires in Olympic National Park, clearly visible on satellite images, is likely to impact the Aberdeen area, resulting in Moderate air.

There is a Heat Advisory through 8PM on Friday and a Fire Weather Watch for all of Thursday afternoon for the west side. Here's the map from

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