No flames, but pockets of smoke

No flames, but pockets of smoke

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Smoke made for hazy conditions in Franklin this morning.

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Posted on August 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 30 at 6:44 AM

An aircraft surveyed the fire area Sunday. There is a lot of standing water across the fire but fewer trees down than we expected.

 

The disappointing thing was that 30 hot (smoky) spots could be seen from the air. The portable weather stations that are stationed inside the fire recorded that between 10 to 15 inches of rain fell across the fire area.

We flew over the fire again today and patrolled some it on the ground. We observed both ground fire and burning trees that had uprooted and fallen.

 

The wildfire was 35% contained.

SMOKE ASSESSMENT TIPS:

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.
 

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