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8/17/15: Klamath County Air Quality Update

KLAMATH COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DIVISION WILDFIRE SEASON DAILY UPDATE/FORECAST FOR AIR QUALITY The Air Quality outlook for today Monday August 17, 2015, from 8:00 am until 8:00 am Tuesday August 17, 2015 may reach “High Moderate”, meaning some people may be unusually sensitive to particle pollution and may need to take precautions. Moderate levels of smoke are forecasted to come into Klamath County from several Northern California Fires, an unnamed fire in Bonanza and the “Stout Creek” fire 16 miles east of Canyonville, Oregon. Our forecasted mixing heights are good until 5:00 pm Today Monday. After 5:00 pm low mixing heights may result in an inversion, which may trap the smoke and bring our Air Quality to High Moderate to Unhealthy levels of pollution in the evening and through early morning hours. Weather conditions and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires, not only from one day to the next but on an hourly basis. Smoke may also impact one portion of a community but not another.