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.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

36 Pit Fire - Comparisons from ODEQ Temporary AQ Monitors - Estacada, Molalla, Rhododendron

ODEQ Temporary Air Quality Monitor Locations



Note:  Only two days of data available at the Rhododendron Monitor

Estacada Air Quality improves

As expected, the air quality in the Clackamas River Valley and in Estacada improved quickly as the morning progressed.  For the rest of today through Friday, no extended periods of poor air quality are anticipated in Clackamas County.


36 Pit Fire - Air Quality Report and Outlook for 9/18/14

36 Pit Fire
Air Quality Report and Outlook for 9/18/14
A weakening low pressure trough will slowly move through the area today, keeping humidities high and winds mostly from the west wind.  Firefighters are continuing the aggressive attack today and smoke impacts are expected to be limited to the eastern and northeastern sections of Clackamas County.  Light winds overnight may result in localized smoke impacts down the Clackamas River Valley into Estacada Friday morning.  Winds on Friday should be light, with smoke impacts primarily noticed within 10-15 miles of the 36 Pit Fire.  Friday night, winds will swing from west through north and then become easterly, pushing smoke towards Molalla and into the Willamette Valley on Saturday as temperatures rise and the air and fuels dry out.  The smoke this weekend is NOT expected to be as noticeable as last weekend’s impacts. 
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 18, 2014
Thursday Evening
Sept 18, 2014
Friday
Sept 19, 2014
Saturday Outlook
Sept 19, 2014
Estacada
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate to USG AM
Good PM
Good
Hwy 26 Corridor
(Sandy to Rhododendron)
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Good
Molalla
Good
Good
Moderate AM
Good PM
Moderate to USG
Willamette Valley
Good
Good
Good
Moderate (some smoke in the air aloft)

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

Be Aware of the Changing Air Quality in Jackson County

Jackson County
Health and Human Services
Public Health Division

1005 E. Main St.
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: (541) 774-8206
Fax: (541) 774-7987

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager, 541-770-7708

Medford, OR - Sept 19, 2014, 3:00 pm - Jackson County health officials want to remind residents that it is important for people to be observant of the air quality during the wildfire season, smoke levels can rise and fall depending on weather factors including wind direction.

It is predicted, with our current weather system, the smoke will be clearing out of valley and will remain clear for the next few days. Though with the wildfires that are still currently active and changing weather and wind forecast, our air quality may fluctuate.

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.
  • Avoid smoke either by leaving the area or protecting yourself by staying indoors, and by closing windows and doors
  • 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 in Oregon: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

Keep in mind that monitoring locations are limited and pollution levels may be higher in some areas, especially those closer to a wildfire.

Conduct a visual assessment: People can conduct a visual assessment of nearby smoke to quickly get a sense of air quality levels. Generally, if you can see up to 15 miles, the air quality is probably good. If you can see less than one mile, the air quality is very unhealthy and everyone should avoid outdoor activities. Refer to the descriptions below for more information based on how far you can see in various conditions:

Between 5-15 miles: Air quality is moderate and beginning to deteriorate, and is generally healthy, except possibly for smoke sensitive persons. The general public should avoid prolonged exposure if conditions are smoky to the point where visibility is closer to the 5 mile range.

If under 5 miles: The air quality is unhealthy for young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness. These people should minimize outdoor activity.

If under 3 miles: The air quality is unhealthy for everyone. Young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness should avoid all outdoor activities.

If under 1 mile: The air quality is very unhealthy, and in some cases may be hazardous. Everyone should avoid all outdoor activities.


Additional resources

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Smoke increasing this morning in Estacada

Smoke has traveled down the Clackamas River this morning, resulting in UNHEALTHY air quality levels to start the day in Estacada.  Air quality is expected to improve over the next few hours as some light showers move through the area.  This smoke is very localized and air quality is good to moderate throughout most of Clackamas County.

Minimal fire activity, primarily smoldering fuels in steep terrain, is expected at the 36 Pit Fire today and firefighters are aggressively attacking the difficult southern sections in favorable humid conditions.


Deception Fire Air Quality Report and Outlook for 9/18/14


Yesterday “Moderate” impacts were localized to the communities around Oakridge and Westfir between 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The rest of the day the air quality index was “Good”. 
Rain is predicted for today as control and mop up continues on the fire. Clouds, cooler temperatures and rain will help fire operations and may reduce smoke production keeping most impacts close to the fire.  Although the moisture will reduce fire behavior, smoke in the nighttime and early morning hours may continue to follow the drainages, creating impacts.  Most of the smoke today will be above ground level from large logs and stumps that are still burning and smoldering.  There may be periods this afternoon when smoke is pushed by west/northwest winds so the communities of Westfir and Oakridge may experience impacts.
Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.
Deception Complex Smoke Report (prepared by Mark Fitch & Claudia Standish, Air Resource Advisors)­­­­­
Air Quality Forecast for Thursday, 9.18.14
 (Particulate Matter less than 2.5 µm in diameter)
Site
Thursday Morning
Sep 18, 2014
Thursday Afternoon
Sep 18, 2014
Thursday Evening
Sep 18, 2014
Oakridge
Moderate
Good
Moderate
Westfir
Moderate
Good
Moderate
 
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