We Can Breathe! Weekend's Rain, Wind Clears The Air
UPDATE: MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 11:30 A.M. ... For the first time in over a month, most locations in southern Oregon and northern California report "Good" air quality.
A few monitoring stations -- mostly near the remaining active fires -- have only "Moderate" readings, and one registers "Unhealthy."
But after weeks of hazy, smoky air around the region, the Air Quality Map shows nearly all green dots, indicating "Good" Air Quality Index readings.
All AQI readings are as of 11:00 a.m.
All locations in southwest Oregon report "Good" air quality.
* Moderate: Gasquet, Redding and Weitchpec.
* Unhealthy: Hyampom
UPDATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2:15 P.M. ... Air quality forecasters in Oregon and California say the unseasonably cool, rainy weather expected this weekend is likely to dampen the region's wildfires and blow smoky air away.
Air quality is forecast to be "Good" everywhere is southwestern Oregon by Sunday, but areas near the most active fires in northern California -- such as Hyampom and Gasquet -- will improve only to the "Moderate" range.
All Air Quality Index reading are as of 1:56 p.m.
*Good: Roseburg, Shady Cove
* Moderate: Grants Pass, Medford and Ashland.
* Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups: Klamath Falls, Cave Junction and Applegate.
* Good: Crescent City
*Moderate: Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Willow Creek, Mt. Shasta and Burnt Ranch.
* Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups: Redding, Gasquet, Yreka, and Etna.
* Unhealthy: Hyampom, Mad River, Hayfork, Klamath and Happy Camp.
UPDATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2:30 P.M. ... Smoke remains an air quality problem in southwest Oregon today, but residents of Trinity and Del Norte Counties in California are having the worse time of it, with multiple readings in the "Hazardous" range.
All Air Quality Index readings are as of 2:00 p.m.
* Moderate: Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Ashland, Applegate, Klamath Falls and Crater Lake.
* Unhealthy: Cave Junction
* Moderate: Redding, Crescent City, Orleans and Weitchpec.
* Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups: Yreka, Etna, Hayfork and Hoopa.
* Unhealthy: Klamath, Happy Camp, Mad River and Willow Creek.
* Hazardous: Hyampom, Burnt Ranch and Gasquet.
UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 11:40 P.M. ... Smoke continues to bedevil residents of southern Oregon and northern California. The Rogue Valley, Trinity County and Del Norte County have the worst air quality in the region this morning.
All Air Quality Index readings as of 11:30 A.M.
*Moderate: Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Shady Cove and Klamath Falls.
* Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups: Medford and Applegate.
* Unhealthy: Ashland
*Moderate: Crescent City, Redding, Orleans and Hoopa.
* Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups: Gasquet, Happy Camp and Hayfork.
* Unhealthy: Yreka, Klamath, Etna, Mad River, Burnt Ranch
* Hazardous: Hyampom
ORIGINAL POST: MONDAY, AUGUST 24 ... Smoky air continues to plague southern Oregon and northern California even as most major fires around the region are winding down. And forecasters say the situation is unlikely to improve anytime soon.
Hyampom, Happy Camp and Gasquet were the bad air centers in northern California Monday, while Cave Junction, Medford and Ashland had the worst air on the southern Oregon side.
Of course, with fires raging out of control across much of central and eastern Oregon, central and eastern Washington and western Idaho, it's getting hard to take a clear breath pretty much anywhere in the Northwest except along the coast.
All Air Quality readings as of 3:30 p.m., Monday, August 24.
* Moderate: Roseburg, Cottage Grove, Eugene, Klamath Falls
* Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups: Grants Pass, Shady Cove and Applegate.
* Unhealthy: Medford, Cave Junction, Ashland, Oakridge
* Moderate: Redding, Yreka, Etna, Hayfork and Klamath.
* Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups: Hoopa
* Unhealthy: Hyampom, Gasquet and Happy Camp