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Air Quality Report & Outlook Monday, 9/22/14

Sunday saw hazy skies and smoke that was aloft. Throughout the day yesterday, the air quality in Oakridge and Westfir was “Good”. 
Sunday evening saw mostly “Moderate” impacts except for a period of approximately 4 hours between 6-10 pm, when smoke drained into the Westfir/Deception Creek drainage causing some “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” to “Unhealthy” conditions. Conditions in Oakridge were “Good”.
Monday will be partly coudy.  Winds will pick up out of the west to southwest, during the day, pushing smoke in an east to northeastly direction.  Expect “Good” to “Moderate” smoke conditions today.  Localized night time down drainage flows will bring residual smoke into the Westfir/Deception Creek area again tonight into the early morning hours.
Rain showers are in the forecast this week, which will further mitigate fire behavior and smoke production. 
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 Advisors)­­­­­
Air Quality Forecast for Sunday (Particulate Matter less than 2.5 µm in diameter)
Monday Morning
Sept. 22, 2014
Monday Afternoon
Sept. 22, 2014
Monday Evening
Sept. 22, 2014
(@the Deception Creek Drainage)
Good to Moderate
Good to Moderate
Moderate to Unhealthy (for a short period of time)
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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