Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Sunday, August 11, 2013
For most of the region smoke impacts were light to moderate and improvement over Saturday morning. Smoke will increase through the Sunday from Hoopa north to Somes bar, starting around 0800. By 1200 hours, Somes Bar will see health levels between moderate to the unhealthy for sensitive groups. Orleans will not be as impacted as Somes Bar, but still in the upper moderate level. Hoopa will border on the good to moderate range between 1200 and 1400 hours, than the smoke levels will improve. Orleans and Somes Bar air quality levels will stay in the moderate levels until 1600 hours before the air quality starts to improve. Sawyers Bar will be in the unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy range until 1400 hours. As the inversion lifts, the air quality will improve to moderate levels. Smoke will start to roll into Etna and Ft. Jones around 1400 hours with the air quality levels bordering on the good to moderate range. Smoke will drift into Yreka around the 1400 hours; the PM levels will increase, bordering on the good to moderate range. Over all, there will be a slight improvement in the air quality, with the exception of low laying drainages, where the air quality levels will stay in the unhealthy levels until the local inversions start to lift.
Monday, August 12, 2013
The air quality levels will be in the good range throughout the night from Somes Bar to Hoopa. The PM levels will slowly rise in Orleans between the hours of 0700 and 1300 hours, reaching the unhealthily for sensitive groups. By 1400 hours, air quality will start to improve. Hoopa will be in the good range for most the morning, increasing to moderate by mid-afternoon, than returning to the good range by 1400 hours. Air quality in Sawyers bar will be unhealthy until 1200, with air quality improving to the moderate range by mid-afternoon. Ft. Jones and Etna, will be in the moderate range for most of the afternoon, and may reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups early evening, but returning to the moderate levels throughout the night and early morning hours.
There is a chance for the air quality to improve early next week, as the closed low-pressure system moves over the area; however, the improvement will be short lived. By mid-week we will see the return poor air quality west of the Salmon River Complex, and the Butler fire during the early morning through the mid-afternoon time period. Latter in the week the winds will pick up with the possibility for better dispersion conditions, and improvement in air quality.