Washington State Department of Ecology - July 30, 2013

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Blog, websites keep citizens in the know about wildfire smoke

YAKIMA – Got smoke? Washington state residents can keep track of smoke effects and get forecasts about smoke movement from area wildfires by visiting a clearinghouse blog and websites sponsored by local governments and state and federal agencies.

Visit WA Smoke Blog to keep up-to-date on wild land fires with information posted by the state Departments of Ecology and Health, U.S. Forest Service and other participating state, federal and county governments.

Volunteers built and maintain the page and activate it when there’s a need to share coordinated information related to fires.

Residents can also follow real-time air quality information at permanent air quality monitors across the state. There is also more information about what the air quality numbers mean. The state Department of Health also has important health information related to wildfire smoke.


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Media Contact: Joye Redfield-Wilder, 509-575-2610; cell, 509-961-6277; jred461@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

WA Smoke Blog (http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/)

Real-time air quality information (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/Default.htm)

Wildfire smoke information (http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/AirQuality/OutdoorAir/SmokeFromFires/WildfireSmoke.aspx)

Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA)- Precautions for Smoke and Other Fine Particle Air Pollution: (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/0802022.pdf)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)