Fires in California

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Some parts of BC are 400+ on the air quality range since yesterday, if its this bad here without actual fires, I can only imagine how bad the air is where there are fires.

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Originally Posted by Jsmth321 View Post
Some parts of BC are 400+ on the air quality range since yesterday, if its this bad here without actual fires, I can only imagine how bad the air is where there are fires.
, Latest NowCast PM2.5: 238.5 µg/m3

Just looked at Vancouver

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  • Monitor ID: 000100132_01
  • Soure: AirNow
  • Latest NowCast PM2.5: 132.9 µg/m3
  • Contains data through 2020-09-13 13:00:00 UTC
  • Timezone: America/Vancouver
  • QA/QC: by AirNow

https://tools.airfire.org/monitoring...22.5745&zoom=7

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The air quality is slowly improving in San Francisco. I walked six miles in Golden Gate Park and on Ocean Beach this morning. Lungs feel fine, but I do have a headache now, so clearly it's not that healthy to be doing what I'm doing!
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Originally Posted by mrken30 View Post
, Latest NowCast PM2.5: 238.5 µg/m3

Just looked at Vancouver

Mahon Park
  • Monitor ID: 000100132_01
  • Soure: AirNow
  • Latest NowCast PM2.5: 132.9 µg/m3
  • Contains data through 2020-09-13 13:00:00 UTC
  • Timezone: America/Vancouver
  • QA/QC: by AirNow

https://tools.airfire.org/monitoring...22.5745&zoom=7

Vancouver area seems to be improving a bit.

Our area further east is showing 248.5 on your link, Castlegar comes in the worst it seems in BC still at 463.8 but Castlegar is way far east and south so closer to some fires.

The official provincial website lists our area as
  • PM2.5 (1h): 275.2 µg/m3

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Vancouver area seems to be improving a bit.

Our area further east is showing 248.5 on your link, Castlegar comes in the worst it seems in BC still at 463.8 but Castlegar is way far east and south so closer to some fires.

The official provincial website lists our area as
  • PM2.5 (1h): 275.2 µg/m3
BC is as bad as here according to the local rag

The international air quality monitoring website IQAir.com was registering a lower number of 229 for Portland overall. That number is deemed “very unhealthy” for everyone. And it was still high enough to place Portland in the No. 1 position for worst air quality among major cities in the world. Measurements fluctuated by the hour and at times Sunday morning Portland was tying with Vancouver, B.C.

if we go out we are using our N95 respirators, that we just happen to have. Thankfully we have a couple. I'm not sure if smoke inhalation has serious long term effects on health, my feeling is no.

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I beleive parts of BC are getting a triple whammy, we still have some fires burning within the province (although not many, this is actually the least active fire season BC has had in a decade.) plus smoke from WA and Oregon, and who knows maybe California too.

I haven't been outside today, but even staying inside I am coughing up a storm, and can feel the tightness in my chest, usual for me in smoky air.
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We, and a sizeable chunk of the level 1 area, have been removed from the evacuation zones. The mandatory evacuation zone remains unchanged.
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We, and a sizeable chunk of the level 1 area, have been removed from the evacuation zones. The mandatory evacuation zone remains unchanged.
I first read that as you have been physically removed from the evacuation zone, as in.... you'd been evacuated!
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... I'm not sure if smoke inhalation has serious long term effects on health, my feeling is no.
I was asking about that earlier. How good are the lungs at getting rid of debris, and what damage does the smoke do while it's in there. Presumably similar issues to cigarette smoke, 2nd-hand smoke, etc.
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We have gotten a bit worse, PM2.5 (1h): 292.1 µg/m3 last reading at 4pm on the provincial website.

RE smoke and long term issues, a brief article below.

From 3 years ago, but smoke hasn't changed much in 3 years.

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I was asking about that earlier. How good are the lungs at getting rid of debris, and what damage does the smoke do while it's in there. Presumably similar issues to cigarette smoke, 2nd-hand smoke, etc.
I don't know, but considering that pollution in London in the 1960s was, or at least felt, much worse, and people have generally survived that, I don't worry about this wood smoke. I very much doubt that it's as bad as cigarette smoke.
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The Clackamas County Fairgrounds & Event Center has been serving as an emergency evacuation center for animals. This service began September 8th at 12:30am and have served a total of 1,565 animals and their owners as of September 13th at 10am.
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Some of the mandatory level 3 area has been down graded to level 2, so at least some people can start the return home. Not because the riverside fire is contained, but that the weather conditions mean the advance of the fire has slowed down considerably.
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Visual of the entire country as of 10:18pm on 9/13


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As if the fires weren't enough to worry about.

With the fire outlook potentially improving, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said he is worried about another threat to life and safety: The possibility that one of the armed residents who have taken it upon themselves to patrol some evacuated areas might harm someone.
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