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).


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7/29/2014 Air Quality Report

Smoke Synopsis:
High pressure will linger over the area through the week.  Temperatures north of 100 are expected as humidity continues to drop. Expect light and variable winds with upslope/downslope diurnal pattern dominating. Look for more smoke to be visible coming from within the fire perimeters as fire activity increases. Smoke will settle into low-lying/valley areas early and lifting out as daytime temperatures increase. The HWY 2 corridor from Leavenworth to Wenatchee may experience heavy impacts at times, smoke should begin to clear by 11AM.

Air Quality Outlook:
Site
Tuesday
July 29, 2014
AQI
Wednesday
July 30, 2014
AQI
Thursday
July 31, 2014
AQI
Comments
Brewster
Good
Good
Good
Light morning impacts lifting by 11:00AM
Chelan
Good
Good
Good

Colville
Good
Good
Good

Ellensburg
Good
Good
Good

Entiat
Good
Good
Good

Leavenworth
Moderate
Moderate
Omak
Good
Good
Good

Twisp
Good
Good
Good

Winthrop
Good
Good
Good

Wenatchee
Moderate
Moderate
Good
Morning impacts lifting by 11:00AM
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

Monday, July 28, 2014

07/28/2014 Air Quality Report

Smoke Synopsis:
High pressure will linger over the area throughout the week.  Temperatures north of 100 are expected as humidity continues to drop. Expect light and variable winds with upslope/downslope diurnal pattern dominating.  Look for the fires to continue to be more active. Smoke will be visible coming from within the fire perimeters as interior areas continue to burn.  Look for smoke to settle into low-lying/valley areas early and lifting out as daytime temperatures increase.

Air Quality Outlook:
Site
Sunday
July 27, 2014
AQI
Monday
July 28, 2014
AQI
Tuesday
July 28, 2014
AQI
Comments
Brewster
Good
Good
Good
Light morning impacts lifting by 11:00AM
Chelan
Good
Good
Good

Colville
Good
Good
Good

Ellensburg
Good
Good
Good

Entiat
Good
Good
Good

Leavenworth
Moderate
Moderate
Good
Recorded levels in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range this morning smoke is expected to lift by Noon.
Omak
Good
Good
Good

Malott
Data unavailable

Twisp
Good
Good
Good
Morning impacts lifting by 11:00AM
Winthrop
Good
Good
Good

Wenatchee
Good
Good
Good
Morning impacts lifting by 11:00AM
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

7/28/2014 Smoke in Leavenworth today

The Chiwaukum fire seems to be putting out more smoke today than it has been recently.  The news below is from an email sent by the Chiwaukum complex managers:

Aircraft continue to fly reconnaissance on all fires. As fire activity picked up, air operations increased the number of water drops. Smoke in the area has increased. The size of Chiwaukum fire decreased to 10,987 acres due to more accurate mapping.
Highway 2 from Coles Corner to Mile Post 99 (just west of Leavenworth, WA) remains closed due to increasing fire activity and to provide for public and firefighter safety.
Chiwaukum Creek Fire:   Firefighters are making progress and will continue handline construction and mop up on the northeast fire perimeter. Fire activity increased in the northwest corner where the burnout was initiated a few days ago. The fire has been moving across the slope above Thomson Creek. Additional crews have been moved into the area to keep the fire in check and watch for spot fires to the east of Highway 2. National Guard crews continue to mop up along Highway 2 giving the burned area more depth. Helicopters are dropping water on hot spots along the fire perimeter as needed.  


Here's a look at air quality values from the Leavenworth monitor for the last 3 days, including the recent increase in smoke this morning: