Air Quality Summary August 22, 2013
Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire
Air Quality Summary: Yesterday, air quality deteriorated in The Dalles and Dufor due to smoke from the Government Flats Complex in north central Oregon. Smoke remained in the “good” to “moderate” levels in southwestern Oregon, except for Shady Cove, where air quality reached the “unhealthy” category. Additionally, air quality deteriorated in Silverton to “moderate” conditions.
As new fires are occurring in other parts of Oregon and around the Western US, air quality support is also needed elsewhere. As the Douglas Complex is not producing much smoke, and the cooler, wetter weather in southwestern Oregon is expected to suppress fire activity, the temporary monitor in Merlin was removed last night, and the temporary monitor in Glendale was removed this morning. The temporary monitors in Chiloquin and in Ashland will remain through at least the Labor Day weekend. The daily reports for air quality in southwestern Oregon will also decrease in frequency to allow emphasis on statewide conditions. Air quality forecasts will still be posted on the Oregon Smoke Blog each afternoon. For more information visit www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com