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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, Ann Regn, Irina Calos

Air quality forecasts for August 17, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for August 17, 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 MAY IMPACT PORTIONS OF SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA WEDNESDAY NIGHT. AREAS EAST OF I-95 EXTENDING INTO THE NORTHERN NECK MAY BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED ON THURSDAY. HOWEVER, PRECIPITATION ON THURSDAY MAY MITIGATE THE SMOKE.***

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

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, 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 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Air quality forecasts for August 16, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for August 16, 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 MAY IMPACT PORTIONS OF VIRGINIA AS EARLY AS LATE WEDNESDAY. AREAS EAST OF I-95 MAY BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED ON THURSDAY.***

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Green - Good 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, 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 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Air quality forecasts for August 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for August 15, 2011

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

Rain has mitigated the smoke effects from the Great Dismal Swamp fire today, Sunday, August 14th. However, Newport News airport (PHF) has reported smoke and low visibility for a number of hours today. Therefore, the area affected by Code Orange conditions has been scaled back for the rest of Sunday to include just the counties of York, Suffolk and Isle of Wight and the cities of Poquoson, Newport News and Hampton. Southampton, Surry, and James City County including Williamsburg are no longer under Code Orange conditions today.

Monday: Winds will blow smoke towards Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Code Orange conditions are occasionally possible in those areas, especially closer to the fire. Other areas in the Hampton Roads area will see Code Yellow/Moderate air quality.

Virginia will get a break from the smoke plume for a few days after Monday. The plume will be heading towards North Carolina during those days. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will evaluate the situation again later this week as winds may again blow smoke into parts of Virginia.

Note that this is not a "one and done" situation. As long as the fire continues to burn and grow, there will be additional days when Code Orange/Red/Purple conditions affect areas downwind of the fire on any given day. Specifically, whenever the winds at the fire location are from the south, southwest, west, east, or southeast, some areas of Virginia may be adversely affected.

AUGUST 15:
Hampton Roads (SPECIFICALLY CHESAPEAKE AND VIRGINIA BEACH AREAS)
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (OTHER AREAS IN THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA ASIDE FROM CHESAPEAKE AND VIRGINIA BEACH WILL SEE CODE YELLOW - MODERATE AIR QUALITY)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

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

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

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good 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 (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 (less than 1 mile), 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 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482 ext. 4404
Work Email: Daniel.Salkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Air quality forecasts for August 14 and August 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for August 14 and August 15, 2011

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

***The smoke plume from the Great Dismal Swamp fire stayed further east than expected today, Saturday, August 13th. That spared the Route 460 corridor to Petersburg and most of the metropolitan Richmond area from experiencing Code Orange, Code Red or Code Purple particle concentrations. However, areas that have been affected today include Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Williamsburg/James City County (where thick smoke was reported this morning), the Peninsula down to Hampton and Newport News (where smoke was reported at 3:00 pm), and parts of the Northern Neck. Occasional Code Orange conditions may continue in those areas through today.

For Sunday: Significant and much needed rain is expected in the region Sunday. That should help to mitigate smoke impacts. However, occasional Code Orange conditions are possible in the following counties/cities: James City County, York, Newport News, Hampton, Surry, Isle of Wight, Suffolk and Southampton.

For Monday: As a frontal system moves off the coast, winds will come out of the west or northwest. Areas downwind of the fire location may experience Code Orange conditions. That includes Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Portsmouth, Norfolk and the southern end of the Eastern Shore could experience a period of Code Orange conditions in the early morning, depending on when the winds shift to the west or northwest.

Note that this is not a "one and done" situation. As long as the fire continues to burn and grow, there will be additional days when Code Orange/Red/Purple conditions affect areas downwind of the fire on any given day. Specifically, whenever the winds at the fire location are from the south, southwest, west, east, or southeast, some areas of Virginia may be adversely affected. General smoke information guidelines are provide below:

AUGUST 14:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

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

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

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


AUGUST 15:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Green - Good 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 (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 (less than 1 mile), 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 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482 ext. 4404
Work Email: Daniel.Salkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Air quality forecasts for August 13, August 14, and August 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for August 13, August 14, and August 15, 2011

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

***OCCASIONAL THICK, DENSE SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE IN SUFFOLK, VA WILL IMPACT COUNTIES ALONG ROUTE 460 FROM SUFFOLK TO PETERSBURG, THEN NORTHWARD TOWARDS RICHMOND AND ALONG THE I-95 CORRIDOR TOWARDS FREDERICKSBURG, TOMORROW, AUGUST 13TH. WINDS WILL BE GENERALLY FROM THE SOUTH AND EAST. CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS (VISIBILITY 1 MILE OR LESS) DUE TO PARTICLES ARE PROBABLE NEAR THE FIRE. CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS (VISIBILITY 1 MILE OR LESS) MAY OCCASIONALLY EXTEND NORTHWESTWARD ALONG ROUTE 460 AND THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES TOWARDS PETERSBURG. CODE RED (VISIBILITY 1 TO 3 MILES) TO POSSIBLY CODE PURPLE (VISIBILITY LESS THAN 1 MILE) CONDITIONS MAY ALSO REACH THE RICHMOND AREA. CODE ORANGE (VISIBILITY 3 TO 5 MILES) TO POSSIBLY CODE RED (VISIBILITY 1 TO 3 MILES) CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE FROM RICHMOND NORTHWARD TOWARDS FREDERICKSBURG, EXTENDING AS FAR WEST AS CULPEPER, ORANGE, LOUISA, GOOCHLAND, AMELIA AND POWHATAN COUNTIES.

ON SUNDAY, A STORM SYSTEM FROM THE WEST WILL BRING SOME PRECIPITATION INTO VIRGINIA WHICH SHOULD MITIGATE SMOKE IMPACTS. HOWEVER, PRIOR TO ANY PRECIPITATION, SMOKE MAY IMPACT MANY OF THE SAME AREAS AS ON SATURDAY.

ON MONDAY, SMOKE MAY IMPACT HAMPTON ROADS, CHESAPEAKE, NORFOLK, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA BEACH AND THE SOUTHERN END OF THE EASTERN SHORE.

AUGUST 13:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Red - Unhealthy air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

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

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


AUGUST 14:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

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

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

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


AUGUST 15:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Green - Good 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, 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 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482 ext. 4404
Work Email: Daniel.Salkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm