Smoke from wildfires in Northwest affects western states

(UPDATED at 3:07 p.m. MT, August 22, 2015)

Air quality, smoke, wildfires 3 pm 8-22-2105

Above is an updated map, at 3 p.m. MT, August 22, 2015, showing the distribution of wildfire smoke across the U.S.


Map of wildfire Smoke
Smoke from wildfires, August 22, 2015. Weather Underground. (click to enlarge)

The wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana are creating a great deal of smoke that is seriously degrading the air quality hundreds of miles away.

For example in southwest South Dakota, 800 miles away from the large fires in Washington, there is a very strong smell of forest fire smoke and the air quality measuring stations are recording an “unhealthy” air quality index.

Air quality noon EDT, Aug 22, 2015
Air Quality Index, at noon EDT, August 22, 2015. (click to enlarge)
Air quality, wildfire smoke
Readings from air quality stations at 8:26 a.m. MT, August 22, 2015. Some areas are affected by wildfire smoke.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “Smoke from wildfires in Northwest affects western states”

  1. Are you aware that several Air Resource Advisors have been assigned to the fires around NE Washington and Oregon? I am assigned to the Woverine and Chelan Complex Fires. We have ARA’s coming in to handle the tri-county area out of Spokane and there are additional ARAs working out of Redmond and John Day OR. Feel free to contact me if you want to know more about what we do. Check out our blogs: and


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