Wildfire smoke and air quality, August 31, 2021

Forecast for wildfire smoke
Forecast for wildfire smoke at 12:01 a.m. PDT Sept. 1, 2021.

Above is the forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 12:01 a.m. PDT September 1, 2021.

Below is the current air quality status, obtained at 2:22 p.m. PDT August 31, 2021 from AirNow.gov. There is not much pollution in the East, due in part to Hurricane Ida.

Air quality (Ozone, PM2.5, & PM10) at 2:24 p.m. PDT Aug. 31, 2021
Air quality (Ozone, PM2.5, & PM10) at 2:24 p.m. PDT Aug. 31, 2021. AirNow.gov

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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.

One thought on “Wildfire smoke and air quality, August 31, 2021”

  1. Looking at your smoke maps, each and every week, one would think returning to the “10 am” policy of jumping all over every ignition immediately with all or more than it takes, just might be a consideration in fire tactics.
    But, oh no, that policy is “old fashion.” So, on we go, making the public suck down pollutants as if it were good for them, as they die by an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 each and every year; and it’s worse during COVID.


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