Oregon Smoke Information

Map Notes:


The map above is not able to show all state air quality monitors. To see the whole set, go to the Air Quality Now tab below
and click on DEQ's Air Quality Index which will bring up a map with many additional state monitors. Round icons represent permanent state air quality monitors, triangular icons represent temporary smoke monitors (when deployed).


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - KlamathonFire - Siskiyou County - Air Quality Outlook

Smoke Outlook:  Klamathon Fire          Issued for: Sunday, June 8, 2018
Air Resource Advisor: Jen Croft

Synopsis

Fire Activity:  Fire continues to make short range runs when wind and slopes align, with occasional isolated group tree torching.  Areas of grassy fuels are consuming quickly, and responding to suppression efforts.  Fire resources are continuing to make progress along the perimeter, utilizing roads and grassy fuel areas when possible.

Smoke:  South and southwest winds are pushing the smoke from the fire to the North and Northwest at this time. The smoke is very visible from major highways, and will likely reduce visibility and travel speeds on all roadways in the area near the fire. Expect small particles of ash and falling debris to accumulate on windshields and filters near Yreka and homes around the fire. Night time cooling will cause the smoke to settle into the valleys and drainages, with minimal improvement in conditions expected through most of Sunday.  Reduced air movement will cause a limited regional haze to settle into the area, reducing sight distance.

Air Quality Outlook
Sites with air quality monitors
Site
Today
07/08
Mon
07/09
Tue
07/10
Notes for TODAY’s forecast
Grants Pass
Good
Good
Good
Light winds provide relief today
Ashland
Good
Good
Good
Light winds provide relief today
Medford
Good
Good
Good
Potential for late afternoon visible smoke
Klamath Falls
USG
Moderate
Good
Early morning and late evening pooling of smoke
Yreka
Unhealthy
Moderate
Moderate
Early morning and later evening pooling of smoke
Redding
Moderate
Good
Good
Continued haze most of the day, potential for lifting PM
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly. These predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity. AQI estimates for sites do not represent a full 24-hour time period.  Instead they reflect a period of time within the day where smoke impacts would be greatest.
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
None

Moderate
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups*- USG
People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.  Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.
Unhealthy            
The following groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults.  Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy

Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
Hazardous
The following groups should remain indoors and keep activity levels low: People with heart or lung disease; children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion
*Sensitive Groups include people with heart or lung disease, children, pregnant women and older adults



Figure 1- High Resolution smoke image of the Klamathon Fire in the evening 07/07/2018.  Greatest concentration is along the Oregon/California border, with some pooling into the adjacent valleys north and south.  Expect these conditions to persist until winds increase late Monday night and transport smoke to the southeast.



Figure 2- Predicted smoke trajectories.  Red- low level smoke will disperse to the southeast first, then move north towards Klamath Falls.  Blue- high level smoke in the smoke plume will catch transport winds, moving smoke northeast immediately.  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Smoke Outlook for Klamathon Fire



Fire Activity:  Fire continues to make short range runs when wind and slopes align, with occasional isolated group tree torching.  Areas of grassy fuels are consuming quickly, and responding to suppression efforts.  Fire resources are continuing to make progress along the perimeter, utilizing roads and grassy fuel areas when possible.

Smoke:  South and southwest winds are pushing the smoke from the fire to the North and Northwest at this time.  The smoke is very visible from major highways, and will likely reduce visibility and travel speeds on all roadways in the area near the fire.  Expect small particles of ash and falling debris to accumulate on windshields and filters as far away as Ashland and Altamont.  Night time cooling will cause the smoke to settle into the valleys and tight drainages, with minimal improvement in conditions expected through most of Sunday. Regional haze is expected to settle into the area as multiple fires are now contributing to the airshed.

Air Quality Outlook
Sites with air quality monitors
Site
Today
07/07
Sun
07/08
Mon
07/09
Notes for TODAY’s forecast
Grants Pass
Good
Good
Good
Visible smoke will begin to move in late PM
Ashland
Good
USG
USG
Visible smoke will begin to move in late PM
Medford
Good
USG
USG
Potential for mod.smoke to settle into the area overnight
Klamath Falls
Good
USG
USG
Late PM & early morning pooling into the valley
Yreka
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Increase in concentration late PM, minimal relief
Redding
Unhealthy
USG
USG
Limited relief overnight, regional haze tomorrow
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly. These predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity. AQI estimates for sites do not represent a full 24-hour time period.  Instead they reflect a period of time within the day where smoke impacts would be greatest.
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
None

Moderate
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups*- USG
People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.  Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.
Unhealthy            
The following groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults.  Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy

Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
Hazardous
The following groups should remain indoors and keep activity levels low: People with heart or lung disease; children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion
*Sensitive Groups include people with heart or lung disease, children, pregnant women and older adults


















Friday, July 6, 2018

Jackson County News Release: Watch for Rising and Falling Smoke Levels

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CONTACTS: Tanya Phillips, Jackson County Public Health, 541-770-7708
DATE: July 6, 2018

Watch for Rising and Falling Smoke Levels

Medford, OR – Due to the Klamathon Fire, Jackson County health officials want to remind Jackson
County residents to watch for smoke levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups. It is important for
people to be observant of the air quality during the wildfire season, smoke levels can rise and fall
rapidly depending on weather factors including wind direction. Persons with pre-existing health
conditions such as asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions and cardiovascular disease, people
older than 65 years of age, infants and children, pregnant women, and smokers are particularly
sensitive to wildfire smoke.

During a wildfire smoke event, Jackson County health officials advise residents to take the following
precautions:

  • Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places with highest concentrations
  • Stay indoors with doors and windows closed. This reduces exposure to particulate matter in the air
  • Use air conditioning to keep your home cool if it becomes too warm. 
  • Other sources of particles within the home should be reduced or eliminated: smoking, using gas, wood‐burning stoves or furnaces, aerosol sprays, frying or broiling meat, burning candles or incense, vacuuming
  • High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and Electro-static precipitator (ESP) filters can help 
  • provide protection.  These trap or remove harmful particles in the air.
  • When riding in a car, keep the windows and vents closed; turn the air conditioning on to recirculate.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions.
  • People exposed to smoky conditions and who suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems should 
  • follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers.
  • Check DEQ’s Air Quality Index to see real-time air monitoring data from monitors placed around 
  • Oregon https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map, select the PM 2.5 tab on the map to see the PM 2.5
  • levels. Keep in mind that monitoring locations are limited, pollution levels may be higher in some areas,
  • and wildfire smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly. 
  • For information on smoke and wildfires in Oregon, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/  
  • For information on smoke and wildfires in California, visit  http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/
  • For more information about wildfires and health threats from wildfire smoke, go to  
  • http://public.health.oregon.gov/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx


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