Wildfires in Washington are on the rise due to increased temperatures and less precipitation. Wildfires threaten air quality, health, the environment, and the economy.
When wildfires occur, we notify the public of poor air quality that may impact their health, and forecast smoke conditions. We do this in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Health, and the National Weather Service.
This map uses the Federal Air Quality Index (AQI). You may notice discrepancies in colors shown on this map and those reported on Washington's Air Monitoring Network. This is because Washington uses the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) index that is more protective of public health than the AQI. If in doubt as to which better represents public health risk, use the more stringent of the two (i.e., the map showing worse air quality).
View the Washington Smoke Blog for more information on current wildfire smoke and air quality conditions, updated daily during wildfire season.