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Dire Air Quality Warnings for Oregon and Washington State due to Wildfire Smoke

Dire Air Quality Warnings for Oregon and Washington State due to Wildfire Smoke

States in the Northwestern section of the US are experiencing unhealthy air quality brought on by the smoke from wildfires still waging along the western coast.

The AirNow.gov (Home of the U.S. Air Quality Index) website has interactive maps demonstrating the air quality (particulate matter content) situation as it stands across the nation. The following screenshot for September 12 shows how bad the situation was yesterday. You can see regions labeled as ‘unhealthy’ and ‘very unhealthy’.

A Twitter post from Oregon DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) features an illustration demonstrating the severity of the situation. Not different from that which we discovered on their site.

It reads: A Snapshot in Time: Below is an image of #airquality frm http://airnow.gov frm this morning. OR’s AQ sits entirely in the unhealthy-hazardous range.

Forecast maps for today and tomorrow look somewhat promising but contain threatening levels of air quality.

Looking northward to Washington State conditions are just as concerning.

The Department of Ecology for Washington State has their own smoke forecast map. Much like that which was demonstrated above, their findings range from ‘unhealthy’ to ‘very unhealthy’.

Screenshot from Smoke Forecast map at https://enviwa.ecology.wa.gov/
Department of Ecology – State of Washington

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