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Showing posts from July, 2016

Wildfire smoke affecting Gilliam County

Smoke from the Scott Canyon wildfire in Eastern Oregon may be affecting parts of Gilliam County. The air quality rating for the past 24 hours is currently moderate or yellow at the John Day Dayton and the La Grande Ash Street monitoring stations. Some surrounding areas are registering green or good on the Air Quality Index. To keep an eye on air quality conditions in the area visit:  or  s ubscribe to Enviroflash Air Quality Alerts  to receive air quality information for where you live.

Public Version of Real-Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon Goes Live

News Release from Oregon Office of Emergency Management Salem, Ore. -- June 29, 2016 -- The Real Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon (RAPTOR) is now available for the public to view incident data about wildfires, areas impacted by flooding, live weather radar, contact information for county emergency managers and more.  "This application enables users to view and interact with critical maps, aerial imagery, hazards, weather and event related data via the internet anywhere anytime," says Daniel Stoelb, Geographic Information Systems program coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. "These maps offer information about what is happening geographically within our area." RAPTOR is a web mapping application that allows users to spatially display interrelated and aggregated information from various systems in a geospatial platform. Specific elements of information include weather watches and warnings, local storm reports, live weathe

Wildfire Smoke Inhalation Prevention -- A Message from The North Central Public Health District

Caring For Our Communities I n the midst of wildfire season, North Central Public Health District would like to remind residents to take precautions to avoid illness due to wildfire smoke inhalation. Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and all residents should limit their exposure to smoke. Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, are advised to stay indoors when the air-quality is poor. Please visit the DEQ Air Quality Index found at the link below. The DEQ site is updated hourly and is color-coded for easy to read information. Unfortunately, the only permanent monitor for our region is in The Dalles, with Gov. Camp, Madras and Hermiston being the next closest monitors. A link is also provided below with information