Friday, October 9, 2020

And with that we wrap up our coverage for 2020, but before you go there are a few things to know

As always, good news first

Wildfires in WA and most of OR are out and there is no risk of returning to the terrible conditions we endured last month. Fall meteorology is active enough to keep air moving along and prevent a buildup of pollutants.

What to watch for

  • Northern CA fires are still burning and an occasional whiff of smoke is still possible. Western WA got a small dose earlier this week, causing Moderate air in some areas. 
  • Wintertime wood smoke season is coming and while it almost never gets as bad as what we've just been through, temperature inversions and light winds can cause smoke to stagnate. Valley communities are more prone to this and often experience poor air.
  • Check if an air quality burn ban has been called for your area (not to be confused with fire safety burn bans). 
  • We recommend our readers keep an eye on the map at the top of this page. It is automatically updated with measured fine particle pollution data and a two-day forecast, year round. 
  • This blog also contains resources on how to safeguard your health during polluted periods. 

See you in summer 2021!

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  1. Thank you for all your hard work updating us during this recent smoke season. Here's to cleaner air this fall, winter and beyond!

  2. Thanks so much for all of your efforts on this. It is such an important resource for us and your work is very much appreciated. This is one website that I really hope I won't need to use as much next year!

  3. *Thank you* for the wonderful work and fantastic information you've provided. For people with sensitive lungs, it's been a lifesaver.

  4. Thank you for updating us. I've enjoyed reading your blog posts. You've made a very technical subject approachable.

  5. Thanks for all the info this season. Really helpful.

  6. Your work made this year a lot more manageable for my 90-year-old mother and my 55-year-old self, both of us with long-time auto-immune trouble. Thank you very, very much. Hoping you get some rest time. :)


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