Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015 - Cabin Fire Air Quality Report

Air Quality Report                                                                                               Issue Date: 08/14/2015

Cabin Fire – Sequoia National Forest                                                        Prepared by: Ariane Sarzotti 

Forecast conditions represent impacts from smoke.  Contributions from ozone and other pollutants are not reflected.
Fire Information:  The Cabin Fire will likely spread further north into the burn scar of the 2011 Lion Fire, but should slow down as it reaches areas of sparse vegetation and rocky outcroppings. Burning snags continue to be consumed within the interior. Fire behavior may increase with upcoming higher temperatures and lower humidity over the weekend.  Current size of the fire is 6,672 acres.                                                              
Smoke Information: Smoke will continue to be produced from interior fuels being consumed as well as fire growth to the north, but is expected to diminish over the next few weeks. Areas within the fire perimeter will continue to smolder until winter rainfall extinguishes the fire completely.  Transport winds are expected to be 5-10 mph and out of the southwest today which may bring a little more smoke into the Upper Kern Canyon and into the Owens Valley in the evening and early mornings.  Similar winds Saturday should result in smoke generally traveling east and again settling in the Upper Kern Canyon and the Owens Valley. Impacts to the San Joaquin Valley and Foothills from this fire should be minimal.

Smoke Impacts from Local Fires
Thursday Observed
August 13, 2015
Friday Forecast
August 14, 2015
August 15, 2015
Camp Nelson


Kernville/Lake Isabella

Late night and morning smoke levels should be Moderate, improving by noon.

Upper Kern River
Late night and morning smoke levels are expected to be Unhealthy for Sensitive, improving by noon.
Three Rivers




Smoke from the Rough Fire may affect this area.
Lone Pine

Smoke from the Rough Fire may affect this area.
Colors displayed above correspond roughly with the AQI chart below. 
Conditions may change quickly, these projections are based on anticipated weather and fire activity.  Sensitive groups including individuals with Asthma, lung or heart disease, children, older adults, and pregnant women should take precautions to avoid exposure to smoke. If you feel as though you are having health effects from smoke see your doctor or health professional as needed. In some cases your eyes are your best tools, if it is smoky outside you are being impacted. Use caution when driving in or around smoky areas.
AQI Index
Actions to Protect Yourself

Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups - USG
People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.  Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.
The following groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults.  Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy

Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.
The following groups should remain indoors and keep activity levels low: People with heart or lung disease; children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion
California Smoke Blog -                                             
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