Monday, June 15, 2020

It's time to get "Smoke Ready"

Smoke Ready Week 2020

Now's the perfect time to get prepared for potential smoke from wildfire in 2020. As we in the Northwest know, wildfire smoke lingering in the air makes it hard to breathe and can cause or worsen health problems. Agencies throughout Washington have partnered to promote Smoke Ready Week, June 15-19. You'll find helpful tips to lessen the impact of smoke at Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Health, Spokane Clean Air Agency, the Colville Tribe, and others using the hashtag #SmokeReady2020. Be sure to check out the smoke blogs of our neighbors in Idaho and Oregon too.

Here's our 10 Tips for planning ahead to protect you and your family from smoke. Also view EPA's fact sheet, Prepare for Fire Season, for a checklist of steps to take right now.

Cool new smoke forecasting tool coming

Stay tuned for Dr. Ranil's new wildfire smoke forecasting tool. It adds a layer to the Washington state map on this blog and gives the color-coded AQI forecast for every region in Washington. It's in the final stages of development right now. We can't wait to roll it out and share it with you!