Wildfire Smoke Updates

Wildfire Smoke Updates: 

Smoke from fires in the Okanogan area is causing air quality concerns for NE Washington.  In the southern portions of Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties, air quality is generally “moderate” while to the north,  there is more smoke with “unhealthy” air quality.  Residents are advised to check monitoring stations closest to them and make informed decisions about limiting outdoor activities.  

Additional air quality monitors have been (or are in the process of installed) in Gifford, Inchelium, Colville, Republic, Northport, Onion Creek, Loon Lake, Valley, Hunters, and Suncrest.  It takes a few days for the monitors to begin reporting and they can be seen at www.wasmoke.blogspot.com.

 Additional information is available from the National Weather Service (NWS)

  1. Current Conditions
  2. July 24 Forecast

Air Quality Index (AQI) readings shown below are current as of 9:35 AM July 23, 2021. For the most up to date readings visit the Washington Smoke Blog that provides reports from both regulatory and non-regulatory surveillance monitors located throughout NE Washington.

Fire activity and weather may change quickly, and the data from monitors reporting is averaged over hours. Air quality conditions offered are based on the best data we have available. It’s important to check outside at your location to help ensure that monitoring reports match current conditions.  Projections given in this report are based on anticipated weather and fire activity but can change quickly.


Guidance On Cancelling Events or Activities: 

Decisions regarding cancelling organized events or activities needs to be based on the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) index. The WAQA uses the same color-coded categories as the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI), but the WAQA fine particulate matter (PM2.5) categories are set at lower levels of air pollution to be more protective of health. 

Schools, athletic organizations, recreation programs or other similar groups need to convert AQI values shown on the Washington Smoke Blog map into WAQA values to make the best informed decisions based on air quality monitors closest to them. 

Convert AQI for your area to WAQA value

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