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**(Preliminary Data Warning: Data found on the map shown below is preliminary and is subject to change. Data is in local standard time format - no adjustment for daylight savings time. The map is not able to display the temporary monitors. Check the AIR QUALITY NOW tab below for links for these monitors.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Air Quality Summary Report - Pioneer Fire             For: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 

ARA: Mark Fitch (mark_fitch@nps.gov)                                ARA (T): Eric Dobbs (eric.dobbs@freshfromflorida.com)

FIRE, WEATHER AND SMOKE SYNOPSIS
Weather:  Temps: 80 – 85 high elevation to mid-to-upper 90’s in the valleys. RH: 11 -15% higher elevations and 9-14% lower valleys. Winds: Up-canyon 8 – 12 mph gusts to 20 after 1:00pm.  Ridges: Southerly 16-21 mph gusts to 27.  Strongest winds in south-to-north oriented valleys.  Inversion will break between noon and 1pm.   As a low approaches from the northwest, transport wind speeds will increase this afternoon.  Expect south-southwesterly to southerly transport winds 25 – 30 mph throughout the day today.
Fire Activity:  Extreme fire behavior expected today north of highway 17 in the Clear Creek and Deadwood drainages and Deadwood Ridge where winds and slope align. Dry, windy conditions have prompted a Red Flag Warning for the area for today.  Grass and shrub fuels will be active for uphill runs in valley locations.  Wind/slope alignment will result in moderate to high spread rates.  With warmer and drier conditions, unburned pockets of vegetation within the Pioneer perimeter will continue to become more active.  Fire will be more active around the Clear Creek drainage and Deadwood Creek drainage areas.  Active fire behavior is expected through tomorrow.
Smoke Summary:  Smoke will concentrate in the low valleys this morning but will scour out in the mid-afternoon when S to SSW winds align with valleys.  Smoke remains in the valleys until 2:00pm – 4:00pm due to smoke mixing down below the inversion layer near the surface in the late morning hours.  Today, the most significant smoke impacts will be to Lowman, Stanley, Ketchum, and Garden Valley.  Elevated smoke plume may be in Salmon, ID due to strengthening S to SSW flow and increased fire activity.
Air Quality Outlook  (smoke related)
Sites with air quality monitors (based on concentration PM 2.5 µg/m3 24-hr avg.)
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Comments for Today (8/30/16)
Fairfield
Good
Good
Good
Mostly clear throughout the day.  Possible haze in the mid to late morning.  Clearing after inversion lift.
Garden City
Good
Good
Good
Mostly clear throughout the day.   Possible haze in the mid to late morning.  Clearing after inversion lift.
Garden Valley  School & ICP/Helibase
Moderate
USG
Moderate
Smoke in late morning and early afternoon before clearing in mid-afternoon hours.
Idaho City
Good
Moderate
Moderate
Morning and early afternoon smoke impacts.
Ketchum
USG
USG
Moderate
Hazy throughout the day until the mid-afternoon hours.
Meridian
Good
Good
Good
Mostly clear throughout the day.   Possible haze in the mid to late morning.  Clearing after inversion lift.
Nampa
Good
Good
Good
Mostly clear throughout the day.   Possible haze in the mid to late morning.  Clearing after inversion lift.
Lowman
Moderate
USG
Moderate
Expect periods of high-level smoke impacts clearing by mid-afternoon.
Stanley
USG
USG
Moderate
Smoke impacts will persist throughout the day before becoming hazy in the mid-afternoon.
Sites without a monitor
Site
Today
Tomorrow
Comments for Today
Lucky Peak Rec. Area
Good
Good
Conditions improving, but smoke haze will be visible
Centerville
USG
Moderate
Morning and early afternoon smoke impacts.
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly. These predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity.
USG – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Other Websites with Smoke Related Information
For areas without a monitor use the Visibility method to help protect your health from Smoke: https://nmtracking.org

Information about Wildfire Smoke and Your Health: http://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/

                                        
Idaho Smoke Blog: https://idsmoke.blogspot.com

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