Wednesday, June 28, 2017

6/28/17 Wildfire smoke affecting Grant, Douglas, Kittitas counties

Smoke from wildfires southeast of Wenatchee and northwest of Quincy are causing air quality conditions from Moderate to Unhealthy in Grant and Douglas counties. The Sutherland Canyon, Spartan, and Straight Hollow fires are approximately 10-30% contained, but gusty winds are in the forecast, likely to push smoke into Douglas County and northern Grant County today, June 28, and towards Kittitas County and Wenatchee after 1PM on June 29. View fire details and possible evacuation information at the "Where's the Fire" tab above or visit InciWeb.

Locations of fire as of this post, June 28 approximately 11AM.
See more details in the interactive map at the top of the blog page.

Monday, June 26, 2017

6/26/17 Smoke Blog Update

We’re back for the 2017 Wildfire Season.  We’ve already had a few fast moving fires in Central WA over the past week and the forecast today  looks like high potential for rapid fire growth if we get any new ignitions. May see some localized dust issues with high winds forecasted in front of these fast moving weather systems. High wildfire potential in areas with numerous lightning strikes, high winds and fine fuels like sage shrub steppe and the Eastern WA landscape. Please be sure to stay tuned to local emergency management and watch the local news for updates on any new fires.  These fires don’t typically cause widespread and long lasting smoke events but can move fast and cause localized evacuations and visibility issues on roads as well as localized health impacts from blowing dust and smoke.

Remember stay safe over the 4th of July weekend and follow all local fire safety burn bans and firework regulations.

Today’s Modis Satellite Image (11am) No visible smoke plumes but lots of active weather.