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Deception Fire

Deception Fire
Air Quality Report & Outlook for Saturday 9/20/14
On Friday, wind out of the north kept  smoke out of the communities of Oakridge and Westfir creating one of the better air quality days this week. After sunset, downslope winds pushed smoke down Deception Creek.  Yesterday, the air monitors in Oakridge recorded “GOOD” levels of particulate matter.  The Westfir air monitor recorded “Moderate” to “Unhealthy” for a short period of time during the night and early morning hours.
Today, Saturday, will be one of the warmest and driest days of the week with winds out of the east pushing smoke in a westerly direction.  Smoke production on the fire will increase and smoke will be pushed west until the winds subside.  The most significant smoke impacts may be around Westfir, specifically, the area around Deception Creek drainage, on Saturday night through early Sunday morning.
Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.    If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.

Deception Complex Smoke Report (prepared by Claudia Standish, Air Resource Advisor)­­­­­

Air Quality Forecast for Saturday (Particulate Matter less than 2.5 µm in diameter)
Saturday Morning
Sept. 20, 2014
Saturday Afternoon
Sept. 20, 2014
Saturday Evening
Sept. 20, 2014
(@the Deception Creek Drainage)

AQI Index (µg/m3)
Potential Health Impacts
Actions to Protect Yourself
Good (0-12)
Air quality is satisfactory and poses little or no health risk.
Moderate (13-35)
Air quality is acceptable for most. There may be moderate health concern for a small number of sensitive people.
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (36-55)
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.  Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.
Everyone may begin to experience more serious health effects.
The following groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults.  Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy
Triggers a health alert, meaning everyone may experience more serious health effects
Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
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