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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 16, 2016

Pioneer Fire Air Quality Summary Report for August 16

Air Quality Summary Report  -  Pioneer Fire  For: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 

Air Resource Advisor: Tod Johnson (tod_johnson@nps.gov)

FIRE, WEATHER AND SMOKE SYNOPSIS
Weather:  Temperatures and humidity will be similar to yesterday.  A strong surface inversion will break after 1200 today and atmospheric conditions will become more unstable with a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Additionally, winds will be upslope/up-canyon switching to N-NW along ridge tops at 5-10 mph in the afternoon.
Fire Activity:   Today’s fire behavior should remain relatively inactive this morning due to the strong inversion.  Steep terrain with the combination of upslope/up-canyon winds will create conditions for group torching and spotting leading to increased spread following inversion break. Burn out operations along the perimeter will combine with continued interior burning for similar smoke conditions to yesterday.


Smoke Summary: Smoke from the Pioneer and adjacent fire’s is likely to linger around the region and valley areas until afternoon winds transport it out of the area. The potential for increased fire activity and burnout may lead to higher amounts of smoke persisting for the next few days, heaviest in the vicinity of Lowman, Garden Valley, and Idaho City.
Sites with air quality monitors  (based on Air Quality Index for each 24-hr day)
Site
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow
Smoke Notes
Fairfield
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Conditions approaching Moderate late morning. 
Garden City
Moderate
Moderate
Good
 Moderate in a.m. due to settling smoke.
Garden Valley
Moderate
USG
Moderate
May see USG as smoke settles in the river valley throughout the morning hours into early afternoon.
Idaho City
Moderate
USG
USG
 USG throughout the morning hours.
Ketchum
Moderate
Good
USG
Moderate in the morning and clearing in the afternoon.
Meridian
Moderate
Good
Good
Light haze from fires in the region.  Moderate in morning.
Nampa
Moderate
Good
Good
Light haze from fires in the region.  Moderate in morning.
Lowman
USG
USG
USG
USG to Unhealthy through morning, some clearing after noon.
Stanley
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate in the morning and clearing in the afternoon.
Sites without a monitor
Site
Today
Tomorrow
Smoke Notes
Lucky Peak Rec. Area
USG
USG
USG to Unhealthy throughout the morning hours.
Garden Valley ICP/Helibase
USG
USG
Unhealthy early morning as smoke stagnates in valley.
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/
Real time monitoring data – circles and triangles correspond to color-coded Air Quality Index: http://smoke.airfire.org/monitoringReport/#/?date=LATEST&productType=plotTable

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