Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday September 4, 2016 - #Soberanesfire Smoke Report



Air Quality Report                                                                                              Issue Date: 09/04/2016
Soberanes Fire  Forecast-38                                                                       Prepared by:  Randy Striplin



Forecast conditions represent impacts from smoke from the Soberanes Fire wildfire.  Contributions from ozone and other pollutants are not reflected.
Fire:  Moderate to high smoke production today on the southeastern front of the fire. Burnout operations are unlikely today due to strong winds. Current perimeter is 98,420 acres, with 2,704 new acres of fire growth. Current containment is reported at 60%.
Air Quality Today: Strong northwest ridgetop winds overnight will slowly subside throughout the day but will remain at least moderately fast. Transport winds will also be from the northwest. Smoke will be transported down the coast towards points south. Smoke drainage down the Big Sur River Valley into Big Sur this morning will be light. The northwest winds will take smoke away from Tassajara, but Tassajara is likely to be impacted by smoke due to its proximity to the fire.
Air Quality Tomorrow:  Northwest winds will weaken and turn more northerly. Smoke will remain closer to the fire, which could degrade air quality at Tassajara and Big Sur. Most of the smoke will go out over the coast again, and it may affect air quality in diffuse amounts at points south along the coast.

Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) Impacts from the Soberanes fire
Site
Yesterday Observed
Midnight-Midnight
24-Hr AQI
September 3, 2016
Today’s Forecast
24-Hr  AQI
September 4, 2016
Tomorrow
Outlook
24-Hr AQI
September 5, 2016
Best Time of Day
September 4
AQI and 24 hr. Period
Santa Cruz
Good
Good
Good
Good conditions today
Gilroy
Good
Good
Good
Good conditions today
Hollister
Good
Good
Good
Good conditions today
Salinas
Good
Good
Good
Good conditions today
Toro Park
Good
Good
Good
Good conditions today
Monterey AFB
Good
Good
Good
Good conditions today
Carmel River School
 Good
 Good
 Good
Good conditions today
Carmel Valley
 Good
 Good
 Good
Good conditions today
Gonzales
 Good
 Good
 Good
Good conditions today
Soledad
 Good
 Good
 Good
Good conditions today
Greenfield
 Good
Good
Good
Good conditions today
King City
 Good
Good
Good
Good conditions today
Cachagua
Good
Good
Good
Good conditions today
Tassajara Hot Springs
Moderate
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Better in the evening
Big Sur
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Better in the afternoon with the sea breeze
Pacific Grove
Moderate
Good
Good
Good conditions today
 

Disclaimer:  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
Good
None
Moderate
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.
Unhealthy
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.
Hazardous
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


Views of smoke from fire:  Jamesburg- http://cens.jamesreserve.edu/activejpg/cam2_hastings.jpg 
Monterey Air Resource Board - http://mbard.org/
 

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