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Woke up to this, this morning...

Post by AlbertaTime » May 11th 2024, 5:59am

From a nearby fireImage

For comparison, at the worst of the fire smoke last year (which was terrible during that period), we were very much into the hazardous range, but at a much lower at 409. Hazardous starts at 301.

From the IQ Air website: "PM2.5 concentration in Peace River is currently 196.3 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value"

Grimshaw, where I work today is at 905!!

(I just checked--one of the monitors in Grande Prairie, which is where I think the big fire is, maxxed out at 999. The measuring device doesn't record higher/worse than that.

Edit: evidently, most of the smoke is from a fairly large collection of fires well north of us in the neighboring province (BC, north of Fort St. John).
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Post by Nuvolari » May 11th 2024, 8:30am

^^yeah, like being a kid stuck in the back of a Cadillac where the windows are locked because the driver doesn’t want anyone to lower the window because she just got her hair done.

Except those were “low tar” cigarettes. This sounds like the full tar fire! 🔥 😬
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Post by jason_recliner » May 11th 2024, 5:01pm

Damn! You've got some big fires. Getting worse and worse all around the world with climate change, sadly :-(

Not quite 196x trigger values. Particulate matter is assessed on average values, PM2.5 24-hr average is 20, annual average is 7 in Australia, typical triggers for any jurisdiction. But yeah, a peak of 900+ is terrible quality, asthmatics would want to have their medicines on hand.
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Post by AlbertaTime » May 12th 2024, 12:05am

We're still hazardous, but down to 320,

The weather folks expect it to improve to "unhealthy for sensitive groups" (instead of everything that moves) by tomorrow afternoon. I sleep beside my air purifier and it says it;'s blue (good) in the room, so...

Meanwhile, here's the scope of the issue:

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Post by AlbertaTime » May 12th 2024, 6:20pm

Racer-X wrote:
May 12th 2024, 12:56pm
How many air purifiers you have to run there, Ron? The weather and such used to be interesting, now its occasionally terrifying.
I have one quite good one in a room with a bed and a desk, and when not working or commuting, I spend 95% of my time in that room. It's handle-able, more or less.

No way to avoid *some* damage but a few days of this will be OK. a few months...that might be a different story.
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Post by AlbertaTime » May 13th 2024, 12:43am

bbattle wrote:
May 12th 2024, 7:00pm
I hope they get a handle on those fires soon. How far away are they from where you live, AlbertaTime?
The main group of fires causing the issues are about 400 miles NNW away. That noted, we had a bad grass fire two weeks ago, about 5 miles away that took about two days to control, and that covered a number of acres. That was caused by some kids burning garbage for fun, and it got outta hand.
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Post by Thunder1 » May 13th 2024, 4:16am

AlbertaTime wrote:
May 12th 2024, 6:20pm
Racer-X wrote:
May 12th 2024, 12:56pm
How many air purifiers you have to run there, Ron? The weather and such used to be interesting, now its occasionally terrifying.
I have one quite good one in a room with a bed and a desk, and when not working or commuting, I spend 95% of my time in that room. It's handle-able, more or less.

No way to avoid *some* damage but a few days of this will be OK. a few months...that might be a different story.
Good luck Ron!!..
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Post by AlbertaTime » May 13th 2024, 7:04pm

Wind direction headed north, and so we had pretty decent air today, moderate to good depending on local wind flow. Purifier is still working.
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Post by Mark1 » May 15th 2024, 7:55am

All those fires in Canada are starting to negatively effect visibility for pilots in the upper midwest. Hopefully for Ron and the midwest, winds will stay northerly. I would guess that relatively few people live north of there.
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