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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.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pioneer Fire Air Quality Forecast September 1, 2016

Air Quality Summary Report - Pioneer Fire             For: Thursday, September 1, 2016 

ARA: Mark Fitch (mark_fitch@nps.gov)                                ARA (T): Eric Dobbs (eric.dobbs@freshfromflorida.com)
FIRE, WEATHER AND SMOKE SYNOPSIS
Weather:  A broad upper-level low will move into British Columbia today, continuing to produce southwesterly winds aloft and at the surface with increased wind speeds in the mid-to-upper levels over the Pioneer Fire area.  Drier air aloft today will provided mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies throughout the day.  Winds: Up-canyon 5 – 8 mph gusts to 15 after 1:00pm.  Ridges: Southwesterly 14-18 mph with gusts to 22.  Strongest winds in southwest-to-northeast oriented valleys.  Inversion will break between noon and 1pm.  Expect southwesterly transport winds 15 – 20 mph throughout the day today.  Expect smoke plume transport to the northeast.
Fire Activity:  Although RH values will be slightly higher this afternoon, active fire behavior will still continue north of highway 17 in the Clear Creek, Deadwood, Scott Creek, Bear Valley, Lorenzo Creek, and Rough Creek drainages and Deadwood Ridge where RH’s will be in the mid teens to low 20’s and winds and slope align. South of HWY 21 east of Lowman, active fire activity is expected in the Crooked River drainage area.  Grass and shrub fuels will be active for uphill runs in valley locations.  Wind/slope alignment will result in moderate to high spread rates.  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 and mix down to the surface for much of the day before lightening in the late afternoon hours.  Areas that see prolonged sun light today could see clearing around the mid-afternoon hours due to increased mixing near the surface. Today, the most significant smoke impacts will be to Lowman, Stanley, and Garden Valley.  Elevated smoke plumes from the Pioneer and adjacent fires may affect Salmon and local areas.  Challis clear most of the day.
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 (9/1/16)
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
USG
USG
Moderate
Smoke in late morning through mid-afternoon before clearing in late afternoon hours.
Idaho City
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Elevated surface concentrations in the morning and mid afternoon, clearing by early evening.
Ketchum
Good
Good
Moderate
Mostly clean air throughout the day with possible high-level haze.
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
USG
USG
USG
Elevated concentrations throughout gradually decreasing by late afternoon.
Stanley
Good
Good
Moderate
Clear most of the day with light haze appearing late afternoon.
Salmon
Good
Moderate
Moderate
Elevated smoke concentrations late morning through mid-afternoon, clearing by early evening.
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
Moderate
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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