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Northwest Wildland Fire Smoke Information

Smoke from wildland fire can reduce air quality by releasing fine particulates that are harmful to human health. To track and communicate risks related to smoke, some communities have air quality monitoring stations. Communities without air quality monitoring stations often receive modeled estimates from nearby stations or information derived from satellite imagery and weather patterns. Air quality in the United States is presented using a standard, color-coded index developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that ranges from "good" (green) to "hazardous" (purple) air quality. Find more details on the index here. Below are resources showing current and forecasted smoke conditions, state specific information, and guides regarding smoke and public health. For more information on wildland fire, see our Fire Information for the Northwest page.

The AirNow Fire and Smoke Map shows the extent of smoke distribution and provides current air quality data by zip code, city, or state using monitoring data and modeled air quality estimates. There is also an app available.

AirNow Smoke Advisories
The AirNow site provides the most comprehensive location-specific air quality data and forecasts at the community scale and includes a state-level map of current air quality conditions. Public health information is provided as well.

IQ Air provides current air quality information from satellite data, which is particularly helpful in areas without monitoring sites. An IQ Air app is also available.

The National Weather Service Air Quality Forecast provides local forecasts for air quality conditions.

Copernicus Global Aerosol Forecast provides global forecasts for aerosol levels.

Purple Air provides an interactive map with real-time air quality data across the globe.

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Blue Sky Daily Runs provides two high resolution daily forecast maps from models produced by the US Forest Service, along with downloadable KMZ files. The models use meteorological forecast data from the Northwest Regional Modeling Consortium’s regional model runs and National Weather Service Fire Weather Domains. The animated loops show active fire locations and smoke movement.

AirPACT provides daily fine particulate matter (pm 2.5) monitoring for the Pacific Northwest.

The Pacific Northwest NOAA Air Quality Forecast Guidance provides hourly surface and vertically integrated smoke maps for the region. Hover over the hourly boxes to see changes over 1-2 days.

The Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program directly assesses, communicates, and addresses risks posed by wildland fire smoke to the public and fire personnel.

Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials is designed to help local publish health officials prepare for smoke, take measures to protect the public when smoke is present, and communicate with the public about smoke and health.

The Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires informs individuals about the risks of smoke exposure and actions they can take to protect their health.

The Smoke and Roadway Safety Guide provides wildland fire personnel with methods to plan and forecast for roadway smoke impacts and to reduce risk to the public and fire personnel by monitoring, responding to, and mitigating smoke on roadways.