Wildfire Smoke Updates
Wildfire Smoke Updates:
Wildfire Smoke Update: Air quality has generally improved since yesterday’s air quality advisory issued for the northern section of NE WA. It’s expected that overall AQI will be “moderate” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups”. See NE Washington Smoke Outlook for details. Additional air quality monitoring stations are being installed this week and can be located at www.wasmokeblogspot.com.
- Find more resources on our Wildfire & Smoke page
Air Quality Index (AQI) readings shown below are current as of 7:50 AM July 27, 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.
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