Wildfire smoke creating a thin haze around Portland


Plan on having wildfire smoke stick around the Greater Portland area for Monday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — We know wildfire smoke all too well in the Pacific Northwest, but Portland and many communities have dodged the smoke so far this summer. However, that’s not the case as we start the new week.

The smoke, which started Sunday, will hang around for Monday and it will migrate from one location to the next over the next few days. You may be wondering, where is this smoke coming from? Well, the majority of it is from wildfire activity to the north of us in Washington, Canada, and Alaska.

One wildfire that is causing smoke locally is the Williams Flats Fire in Washington that is east of the Coulee Dam and is sitting at approximately 10,438 acres as of Monday morning. This is west of the Spokane Reservation, and this is the location that will be seeing the worst of the smoke today.

A result, some minor fluctuations with our air quality around Portland and definitely for those up in Washington. The air quality level in Portland took a small drop from Good to Moderate as of Monday morning. It is still safe to be outside and continue along with your activities. If you are a bit guarded about being out in the air like this, you may want to limit your time outside today.

As far as the forecast goes? I would plan on the wildfire smoke to stick around for your Monday. It does appear that it will transition more to Central Oregon by Tuesday, but I am not counting out the return of that smoke by Wednesday and the ongoing drifting of this smoke across the region.

At this time, it is not expected to get worse.

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