Washington Smoke Map

*The map above is not able to display all state air quality monitors. Click here to see all monitors in Washington: WA Ecology Air Monitors

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).


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Air Quality Summary Report - NE Washington Area Command Fires - Sunday, August 30, 2015





Air Quality Forecast - Chelan Lake & Methow Valley Fires - Sunday, August 30, 2015

Air Quality Forecast - Chelan Lake & Methow Valley Fires       Sunday, August 30, 2015
Prepared by:   Andrea Holland (andreahollandsears@gmail.com) & Carolyn Kelly (ckelly8384@gmail.com)

Note that our forecast format has changed.  We now show air quality conditions for the previous day along with forecasts for today and tomorrow.
Sunday: Areas likely to see smoky conditions will be those east of the fires. Rain will improve air quality in those affected areas.
Monday: Areas east and northeast may see smoke impacts. Breezy winds and rain will lessen the effects.
Site
Air Quality
Comments
August 29
Yesterday
August 30
TODAY
August 31
Monday
Chelan
Good
Good
Good

Manson
Good
Good
Good

Winthrop
Good
Good
Moderate

Twisp
Good
Good
Moderate

Brewster
Good
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Moderate
Smoke may drift into this area early Sunday afternoon lingering into the evening. Any rainfall will improve air quality.
Leavenworth
Good
Good
Good

Wenatchee
Good
Good
Good

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.


For information on what each Air Quality Index color code means, click on the “Smoke and Health” tab.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 29, 2015 - Evening update: fire, rain, wind, and smoke

We had a little bit of everything today...Winds kicked up as expected, and frontal winds at noon were especially impressive, with gusts consistently in the 20-30 MPH range.  Here are the data from Kettle Falls:


[ERRATA--posted a map here from MesoWest, which mistakely showed temperatures instead of wind speeds]

This led to some blowing smoke, and increased fire activity, especially on the Carpenter Road fire (at least a couple thousand more acres likely burned). Now, we'll likely have some smoke settling into the area, especially the Chewelah Valley/Colville area, but also in some other place with nearby fire activity:



Rain on the ridges NW of the Chewelah valley appears to have prevented smoke from going into the Pend Oreille Valley:


August 29, 2015 - Noon update: Wind-blown smoke from the Carpenter Road fire.

Looks like the Carpenter Road fire is becoming active.  Expect gusty winds and windblown smoke and dust until the wind dies down this evening, then likely some residual and potential heavy smoke in the area through morning.

Blowing smoke on hwy 395 looking South toward the Carpenter Road fire as today's winds kick up. Activity on the fire will likely increase today, and smoke from that activity may result in heavy smoke in the Chewelah/Colville area tonight.
Smoke could be heavy in locations NE of the Carpenter Road fire today.

Air Quality Summary Report - NE Washington Area Command Fires Saturday, August 29, 2015


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Air Quality Forecast - Chelan Lake & Methow Valley Fires - Saturday, August 29, 2015

Air Quality Forecast - Chelan Lake & Methow Valley Fires       Saturday, August 29, 2015
Prepared by:   Andrea Holland (andreahollandsears@gmail.com) & Carolyn Kelly (ckelly8384@gmail.com)             

Note that our forecast format has changed.  Starting today we will be showing air quality conditions for the previous day along with forecasts for today and tomorrow.
Saturday: With the passage of a powerful cold front today, winds will move smoke away from communities in the vicinity of the Wolverine, First Creek, and Chelan Complex fires.  Some smoke may drift in but will be transient and not remain. This may be a great time to air out the house.
Sunday:  Following Saturday’s storm passage Chelan, Manson, and Brewster will see smoke settling into these areas beginning mid-afternoon.  Due to their proximities to the fires, Manson and Brewster may see heavier concentrations with Brewster approaching levels unhealthy for sensitive groups. This will be short lived as the smoke is expected to generally clear overnight in each of these areas.
Site
Air Quality
Comments
August 28
Yesterday
August 29
TODAY
August 30
Sunday

Chelan
Good
Good
Moderate

Manson
Good
Good
Moderate

Winthrop
Moderate
Good
Good

Twisp
Moderate
Good
Good
Today may see occasional occurrence of smoke drift mid-afternoon and into the evening.
Brewster
Good
Good
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Leavenworth
Good
Good
Good

Wenatchee
Good
Good
Good

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.



For information on what each Air Quality Index color code means, click on the “Smoke and Health” tab.