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Daily forecasts of air pollutant levels for the Richmond, Hampton Roads, Roanoke, and Winchester areas.

List administrator(s): Dan Salkovitz, Mike Kiss, Bobby Lute, Kristen Stumpf

SMOKE UPDATE: Air quality forecasts for August 21, and August 22, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristen Stumpf, (804) 698-4414 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

SMOKE UPDATE: Air quality forecasts for August 21, and August 22, 2011

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

***SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE WILL IMPACT PORTIONS OF VIRGINIA THROUGH THE WEEKEND. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS UNCERTAINTY WITH REGARDS TO THE DENSITY OF THE SMOKE FARTHER AWAY FROM THE FIRE LOCATION (THE DISMAL SWAMP). THEREFORE, THE AIR QUALITY FORECAST IS BASED ON WHERE THE WINDS INDICATE THE PLUME MAY IMPACT, REGARDLESS OF SMOKE DENSITY. GUIDELINES FOR ACCESSING LOCAL AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE ARE PROVIDED AT THE END OF THIS EMAIL.

Calm winds have kept the plume close to the fire today and the air quality alert for code orange conditions near Richmond and the tri-cities has been dropped. This evening smoke may impact the following counties and cities: Suffolk, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Surry, and Sussex.

For Sunday, smoke is likely to impact areas north and northeast of the fire location, including Hampton Roads and Norfolk. The northern neck and eastern shore may also notice some smoke. Code Orange conditions may occur in the following counties and cities: Sussex, Surry, James City Co., Gloucester, Mathews, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Newport News, York, Poquoson, Hampton, Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake.

On Monday, the winds are expected to shift and the plume will likely impact locations east, and then south, of the fire location.***

THIS FORECAST MAY BE UPDATED TOMORROW PENDING CONDITIONS.

AUGUST 21
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

AUGUST 22
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

SMOKE INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment (visibility 1 to 3 miles), air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment (visibility 1 mile or less), air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

Kristen Stumpf
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4414
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Kristen Stumpf

Sent: August 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Air quality forecasts for August 20, August 21, and August 22, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristen Stumpf, (804) 698-4414 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for August 20, August 21, and August 22, 2011

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

***SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE WILL IMPACT PORTIONS OF VIRGINIA THROUGH THE WEEKEND. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS UNCERTAINTY WITH REGARDS TO THE DENSITY OF THE SMOKE FARTHER AWAY FROM THE FIRE LOCATION (THE DISMAL SWAMP). THEREFORE, THE AIR QUALITY FORECAST IS BASED ON WHERE THE WINDS INDICATE THE PLUME MAY IMPACT, REGARDLESS OF SMOKE DENSITY.

PLUME MODELS INDICATE SMOKE AFFECTS ON SATURDAY MAY OCCUR OVER AN AREA EXTENDING FROM THE FIRE NORTHWESTWARD. CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY IN THE CITY OF SUFFOLK. OCCASIONAL CODE RED CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY IN THE COUNTIES/CITIES OF SOUTHAMPTON, ISLE OF WIGHT, SUFFOLK, NEWPORT NEWS, HAMPTON, POQUOSON, SUSSEX, SURRY, YORK, PORTSMOUTH, CHESAPEAKE, AND NORFOLK. CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES/CITES: DINWIDDIE, PRINCE GEORGE, PETERSBURG, COLONIAL HEIGHTS, HOPEWELL, CHARLES CITY CO., JAMES CITY CO., CHESTERFIELD, RICHMOND, HENRICO, NEW KENT, HANOVER AND KING WILLIAM. ANY PRECIPITATION THAT MAY OCCUR TOMORROW WILL HELP TO MITIGATE SMOKE IMPACTS.

ON SUNDAY, THE AREAS NORTH AND NORTHEAST OF THE FIRE LOCATION WILL LIKELY BE IMPACTED BY THE SMOKE, INCLUDING HAMPTON ROADS AND NORFOLK INTO THE NORTHERN NECK AND OVER THE EASTERN SHORE. ANY ADDITIONAL PRECIPITATION ON SUNDAY WILL AGAIN HELP TO MITIGATE SMOKE IMPACTS.

ON MONDAY, THE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO SHIFT AND THE PLUME WILL LIKELY IMPACT LOCATIONS EAST, AND THEN SOUTH, OF THE FIRE.***

THIS FORECAST MAY BE UPDATED OVER THE WEEKEND PENDING CONDITIONS.

AUGUST 20
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Red - Unhealthy air quality (Code Purple - Very Unhealthy air quality for the City of Suffolk)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

AUGUST 21
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Red - Unhealthy air quality (Code Purple - Very Unhealthy air quality for the City of Suffolk)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

AUGUST 22
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Red - Unhealthy air quality (Code Purple - Very Unhealthy air quality for the City of Suffolk)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

SMOKE INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment (visibility 1 to 3 miles), air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment (visibility 1 mile or less), air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

Kristen Stumpf
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4414
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Kristen Stumpf

Sent: August 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Air quality forecasts for August 19, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for August 19, 2011

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

***SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE WILL IMPACT PORTIONS OF VIRGINIA THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS UNCERTAINTY WITH REGARDS TO THE DENSITY OF THE SMOKE FARTHER AWAY FROM THE FIRE LOCATION (THE DISMAL SWAMP). THEREFORE, THE AIR QUALITY FORECAST IS BASED ON WHERE THE WINDS INDICATE THE PLUME MAY IMPACT, REGARDLESS OF SMOKE DENSITY.

PLUME MODELS SEEM TO INDICATE SIGNIFICANT SMOKE AFFECTS MAY OCCUR OVER AN AREA EXTENDING FROM THE FIRE NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH HAMPTON ROADS AND NORFOLK INTO THE NORTHERN NECK AND OVER THE EASTERN SHORE. ANY PRECIPITATION THAT MAY OCCUR TOMORROW WILL HELP TO MITIGATE SMOKE IMPACTS.

FOR TONIGHT THROUGH TOMORROW: CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY IN THE CITY OF SUFFOLK. OCCASIONAL CODE RED CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY IN THE COUNTIES/CITIES OF SOUTHAMPTON, ISLE OF WIGHT, SUFFOLK, NEWPORT NEWS, HAMPTON, POQUOSON, SURRY, YORK, PORTSMOUTH, CHESAPEAKE, AND NORFOLK. CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY IN THE FOLLOW COUNTIES/CITES: ACCOMACK, NORTHAMPTON, CHARLES CITY CO., JAMES CITY CO., KING AND QUEEN, MIDDLESEX, ESSEX, MATHEWS, GLOUCESTER, LANCASTER, RICHMOND COUNTY, WESTMORELAND, AND NORTHUMBERLAND.***

THIS FORECAST MAY BE UPDATED FRIDAY MORNING PENDING CONDITIONS.

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Red - Unhealthy air quality (Code Purple - Very Unhealthy air quality for the City of Suffolk)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

SMOKE INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment (visibility 1 to 3 miles), air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment (visibility 1 mile or less), air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

Dan Salkovitz
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4404
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Smoke forecast update, Thursday morning, August 18th

Media reports, social media reports and various web cams are indicating the Dismal Swamp smoke plume is impacting the Peninsula (York County, Newport News, Hampton, and Poquoson). As a result, the air quality forecast is updated to Code Red for those areas. In addition the following counties/cities may experience Code Orange conditions: Northampton, Accomac, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth.

Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged, strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged, strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged, strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged, strenuous outdoor activities.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 18, 2011 at 7:41 am

Air quality forecasts for August 18, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for August 18, 2011

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

***SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE WILL IMPACT PORTIONS OF VIRGINIA WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS CONSIDERABLE UNCERTAINTY WITH REGARDS TO THE INTENSITY OF THE SMOKE FARTHER AWAY FROM THE FIRE LOCATION (THE DISMAL SWAMP). THEREFORE, THE AIR QUALITY FORECAST IS BASED ON WHERE THE WINDS INDICATE THE PLUME MAY IMPACT, REGARDLESS OF SMOKE INTENSITY. PLUME MODELS SEEM TO INDICATE SIGNIFICANT SMOKE AFFECTS MAY OCCUR OVER A LARGE AREA. ANY PRECIPITATION THAT MAY OCCUR TOMORROW WILL HELP TO MITIGATE SMOKE IMPACTS.

FOR TONIGHT THROUGH 8:00 AM TOMORROW: OCCASIONAL CODE RED CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY IN SUFFOLK AND THE COUNTIES OF SOUTHAMPTON AND ISLE OF WIGHT OVERNIGHT. OCCASIONAL CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE FOLLOW COUNTIES/CITES: GREENSVILLE, SUSSEX, SURRY, DINWIDDIE, PETERSBURG, HOPEWELL, COLONIAL HEIGHTS, PRINCE GEORGE, CITY OF RICHMOND, CHARLES CITY COUNTY, CHESTERFIELD, AMELIA, POWHATAN, HENRICO, HANOVER AND NEW KENT.

FOR THURSDAY: CODE RED CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY IN SUFFOLK AND ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY THROUGH TOMORROW EVENING. OCCASIONAL CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE FOLLOW COUNTIES/CITIES: SOUTHAMPTON, GREENSVILLE, SUSSEX, SURRY, PETERSBURG, HOPEWELL, COLONIAL HEIGHTS, PRINCE GEORGE, CITY OF RICHMOND, CHARLES CITY COUNTY, CHESTERFIELD, HENRICO, CAROLINE, KING WILLIAM, JAMES CITY COUNTY, KING AND QUEEN, ESSEX, WESTMORELAND, RICHMOND COUNTY, NORTHUMBERLAND, LANCASTER, HANOVER AND NEW KENT.***

THIS FORECAST MAY BE UPDATED THURSDAY MORNING PENDING CONDITIONS.

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

SMOKE INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

Dan Salkovitz
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4404
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm