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 left column, under Hot Links
and click on DEQ Air Quality map which will bring up a map with many additional state monitors.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015

Before wildfire season gets under full swing this year in Oregon, both public and private land managers are busy conducting hazardous fuels treatment reduction projects around the State.   This week, the Forest Service is conducting prescribed burning projects in Deschutes County as noted below.

Fuels Specialists to Ignite Prescribed Burn Adjacent to Black Butte Ranch

SISTERS – Given favorable weather conditions, Deschutes National Forest fuel specialists on the Sisters Ranger District plan to conduct a prescribed burn today. The 90 area to be treated is adjacent to Black Butte Ranch and ¼ mile south of Highway 20 in the Glaze Meadow area.
The prescribed fire is part of the Glaze Meadow Restoration Project, a project which was accomplished through close collaboration between the Forest Service, public, and representatives from both the environmental and timber communities. Black Butte Ranch will likely be impacted by smoke as a result of this project.

Due to the location of these units, the public could see smoke and drivers may experience smoke impacts on Highway 20, throughout Black Butte Ranch and along Forest Road 300. For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted. No road closures are anticipated with these projects.

Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires, and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health. For more information, visit the Ochoco/Deschutes website at www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire.

Prescribed Burn Planned in the West Bend Project Area for Thursday

BEND – Specific wind and weather conditions will allow fuels specialists to burn in the West Bend Project area near Phil’s Trailhead off of Skyliner Road this Thursday.

If conditions remain favorable, the 70 acre prescribed burn will take place on May 28 with ignitions beginning at 10:00am.  Approximately one mile of the KGB trail between Forest Road 4604 and the Marvin’s Garden Trail will be closed tomorrow and Thursday to prepare for and complete the burn.

Burning will occur approximately one mile south from the trailhead parking area and operations should be completed by 4 p.m. the same day. The winds forecasted for the burn area are expected to push smoke up and over Bend, which will limit impacts to the community. However smoke will be highly visible from the Bend and the surrounding areas.

Hazards, including fire weakened trees and areas of hot ash, will exist in the burn area for 1-2 weeks or more after burn implementation.  It is advised that recreationists remain on the trails and roads, and that dogs remain on leash when travelling around the burn area. If smoke drifts on to roads, motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with care.  The smoke will dissipate after ignitions have been completed, but smoke could be visible in the burn area for an additional 2-3 days. Fuels specialists will be monitoring the burn area through the weekend and into next week.
Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs controlled burns, and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

The West Bend Vegetation Project is the first project to be implemented through a partnership with the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project (DCFP), an organization bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together with the Forest Service to design and plan treatments options for highly valued and historically controversial areas. DCFP was created through the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Program in 2010 which awarded the Deschutes National Forest with a 10-year, $10.1 million grant to restore 145,000 acres of forest in Central Oregon.  In the summer of 2013 the restoration area was approved for an expansion, bringing the total to approximately 257,000 acres and stretching from Black Butte and Bend to Sunriver and Mt. Bachelor.

For more information, visit  http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

The 2014 wildfire season has concluded 

The Oregon Smoke Blog has been de-activated until the 2015 wildfire season


Thank You!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Race Day Forecast! Best Dam Race 10K!

Looking good today!  Calm winds, fog and light residual smoke can be expected close to the river around the start and initial leg of the course.  This should clear gradually as the sun climbs, the runners head down river, and mid to late-morning breezes begin to drift into the runners' faces.

Carpe Diem!

Forecast locations/concentrations of maximum smoke impacts:

10 am Saturday, September 27, 2014

 1 pm Saturday, September 27, 2014

4 pm Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday update - Special Forecast for "Best Dam Run 10K" - Estacada area

Clearing skies and light winds Friday night could lead to some fog mixing with residual smoke in the Clackamas River valley, reducing visibility Saturday morning.  As Saturday begins to warm up, smoke/fog is expected to clear from the north, moving up river.  Air quality levels at the start of the race are expected to be in the Moderate range [Air Quality is acceptable for most. There may be moderate health concern for a small number of sensitive people] and should improve throughout the day.

Below is an air quality chart for Estacada over the last week for comparison with what you may have observed in the area.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Special Forecast for the Best Dam Run 10K

We expect Saturday morning to be a little hazy and smoky at the start line at 10 am, clearing gradually as the runners/walkers continue north along the race route.  As always, use your best judgement to determine if conditions are favorable for your planned level of exertion.

Smoke forecasts for the areas of highest impact are presented below - darker colors indicating the highest concentration of smoke.  Models are calling for improved conditions along the race route for Saturday morning, but some residual smoke may still be present in the river valley.

3 pm Thursday, September 25, 2014

 8 am Friday, September 26, 2014

 8 am Saturday, September 27, 2014

Noon Saturday, September 27, 2014

36 Pit Fire - Smoke and Air Quality Report for 9/25/14

36 Pit Fire
Smoke and Air Quality Report for 9/25/14
So we had our rain and that has moderated fire activity greatly. HOWEVER, large fuels in the forest continue to smolder; smoke will still be produced, noticeable primarily as a general haziness in the skies rather than as a distinct smoke plume.  Air quality in the areas 10-20 miles around the fire are still expected to be at Moderate levels, and may reach Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups at some times, particularly early to mid-mornings, clearing some by afternoon.
36 Pit Fire Report (prepared by Mike Broughton, Air Resource Advisor)­­­­

Air Quality Outlook (Particulate Matter less than 2.5 µm in diameter)
Site
Thursday Afternoon
Sept 25, 2014
Thursday
night
Sept 25, 2014
Friday
Sept 26, 2014
Saturday
Sept 27, 2014
Estacada, Springwater, Dodge
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Hwy 26 Corridor
(Sandy to Rhododendron)
Moderate
Good
Good
Good
Molalla
Good
Good
Good
Good
Willamette Valley
Good
Good
Good
Good

AQI Index (µg/m3)
Potential Health Impacts
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good (0-12)
Air quality is satisfactory and poses little or no health risk.
None

Moderate (13-35)
Air quality is acceptable for most. There may be moderate health concern for a small number of sensitive people.
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (36-55)
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
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
(56-150)
Everyone may begin to experience more serious health effects.
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
(151-250)
Triggers a health alert, meaning everyone may experience more serious health effects
Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
For more information see the Oregon Smoke blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Air Quality data can be viewed at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Deception Fire - Air Quality Report & Outlook for Wednesday 9/24/14

Deception Fire

Air Quality Report & Outlook for Wednesday 9/24/14
Clean air dominated on Tuesday night.  Air quality in the Westfir/Deception Creek and Oakridge area had readings in the “GOOD” range.
Tuesday, the Westfir/Deception Creek and Oakridge monitors had readings in the “GOOD” range.  Most of the smoke stayed above ground level though occasionally, one could smell smoke in both communities.
Today’s rain, which started in the early morning hours, will mitigate fire behavior and less smoke will be produced. The air quality is expected to be GOOD” today , tonight and tomorrow.

Smoke is still being produced on the fire from the smoldering of large logs, stumps and organic material on the forest floor.  But the rain will assist in the continued mop-up efforts on the fire.
Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.   If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.

Deception Smoke Report (prepared by Claudia Standish, Air Resource Advisor)­­­­­
Air Quality Forecast for Wednesday, 9.24.2014
 (Particulate Matter less than 2.5 µm in diameter)


Site
Wednesday Morning
Sept. 24, 2014
Wednesday Afternoon
Sept. 24, 2014
Wednesday Evening
Sept. 24, 2014


Oakridge
Good
Good
Good


Westfir
&  Deception Creek Drainage
Good
Good
Good

AQI Index (µg/m3)
Potential Health Impacts
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good (0-12)
Air quality is satisfactory and poses little or no health risk.
None

Moderate (13-35)
Air quality is acceptable for most. There may be moderate health concern for a small number of sensitive people.
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
For more information see the Oregon Smoke blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Air Quality data can be viewed at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx