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).


Friday, July 25, 2014

7/25/2014 Air Quality Report

Smoke Synopsis:
Friday lingering moisture in the area will move out as high pressure begins to build. The drying and warming trend will extend into next week as temperatures will rise to above normal levels. Winds will also start to calm and an upslope/downslope diurnal pattern will prevail.  With the return of dryer and warmer conditions look for the fires to become active within their perimeters the production of visible smoke plumes possible.  Look for smoke to settle into low-lying/valley areas early and lifting out as daytime temperatures increase.

Air Quality Outlook:
Site
Friday
July 25, 2014
AQI
Saturday
July 26, 2014
AQI
Sunday
July 27, 2014
AQI
Comments
Brewster
Good
Good
Good

Chelan
Good
Good
Good

Colville
Good
Good
Good

Ellensburg
Good
Good
Good

Entiat
Good
Good
Good

Leavenworth
Good
Good
Good

Omak
Good
Good
Good

Malott
Good
Good
Good

Twisp
Monitor is working Data will be available shortly.
See Message Below1
Winthrop
Monitor is working Data will be available shortly.
See Message Below1
Wenatchee
Good
Good
Good
Data unavailable forecasted using previous conditions
Yakima
Good
Good
Good

For detailed information about the color coded air quality categories, please see:
Warning: These data have been obtained from automated instruments and have not been subjected to a quality assurance review to determine their accuracy. They are presented for public awareness and should not be considered final. Conditions such as power outages and equipment malfunctions can produce invalid data.

1 Since wildfires often occur in remote areas, air monitoring equipment may not be available. The following table provides a quick method to assess air quality in your area. For more detailed information you can go to the following site: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/visibility.htm
Using the 5-3-1 Visibility Index
Distance you can see*
Your are:

You have:
·  An adult
·  A teenager
·  An older child
·  Age 65 and over
·  Pregnant
·  A young child
OR
·  Asthma
·  Respiratory illness
·  Lung or heart disease
5 miles
check visibility
minimize outdoor activity
3 miles
minimize outdoor activity
stay inside
1 miles
stay inside
stay inside
No matter how far you can see, if you feel like you are having health effects from smoke exposure, take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality.  You should also see your doctor or other health professional as needed.
* less reliable under high humidity conditions

                                             

Thursday, July 24, 2014

7/24/1014 Air Quality Report

Air Quality conditions and forecast for Thursday  through Saturday this week are shown below.  Please remember that smoke plumes move around a lot and local conditions may be worse at times during the day or at night.  This forecast reflects 24 hour average conditions. 



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7/23/2014 Use of a particle mask for protection from wildfire smoke


Chelan County Air Quality Advisory 7/23 2:00 pm

 

Smoke levels will vary throughout the day in some communities…

 

Wenatchee and Leavenworth “Moderate”

 

Chelan “Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations”

 

When air quality is in the moderate range most people will not be impacted. Some people with underlying conditions like asthma, lung diseases or heart disease, the very young or very old will experience health effects. Limit time outdoors and limit physical exertion to very short periods until air quality improves, if you are having health effects.

 

When air quality is in the unhealthy for sensitive populations range people with asthma, lung or heart disease and young children may experience health effects. Outdoor activities should be limited by this group. Limit time outdoors. If you are having significant problems talk to your health care provider. The general public is not likely to be affected.

 

More information about current air quality conditions and forest fires is located at:

Ecology:                                   https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/

Forest Service:                        http://inciweb.nwcg.gov

Chelan Douglas Public Health           www.cdhd.wa.gov

 

 

7/23/1014 Air Quality Report

Air Quality conditions and forecast for Tuesday through Thursday this week below.  Please remember that smoke plumes move around a lot and local conditions may be worse at times during the day or at night.  This forecast reflects 24 hour average conditions.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

7/22/2014 Smoke and Pets

Smoke can affect pets too. The same smoke particles that cause problems for people may also cause problems for animals. Don't force your animals to run or work in smoky conditions. If your pet has heart or lung disease, follow the same  guidelines as for sensitive people.  Contact your local veterinarian with specific questions and concerns.  Or if needed, you can call Dr. Thomas Gilliom with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Division at 360-725-5655.