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Air Quality Weekend Update

Smoke from two new large fires and existing fires in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho will cause degraded air quality in NE Oregon for the duration of the weekend.  The Bear Butte Fire is burning in timber approximately 20 miles NW of Baker City and the Indian Lake fire burning approximately 9 miles south of Meacham, is also burning in timber.  Smoke from these fires is expected to be wide spread over the northeastern portion of the state and in areas south as shown below.  The image is the Blue Sky model forecast for the daily average smoke concentrations for tomorrow (Sunday) based upon the 4 km modeling domain.    

Additional and more detailed information about air quality impacts from the Whitewater fire (near Mt. Jefferson), the Blanket Creek, Spruce Lake, and Chetco fire can be found in the Air Resource Advisors air quality reports on this site.

Winds are expected to be out of the north tomorrow as well which will bring additional smoke into the north central and northeastern portions of the state from the fires in Washington and Canada.