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Osceola National Forest Wildfires 2019

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National Forests in Florida
U.S. Forest Service
325 John Knox Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

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Smoke Outlook June 7 and 8, 2019

Osceola National Forest Wildfires 2019 Wildfire
News – 6/7/2019

Smoke Outlook for 6/07 - 6/08

Osceola National Forest Wildfires 2019

Issued at: 2019-06-07 09:14 EDT

Wildfires

Firefighters continue to make good progress mopping up and securing wildfire perimeters. The recent rain showers are not enough to put the fires out. Fire behavior has mitigated some, however smoke is still being produced with heavier concentrations in the afternoon hours. Storms moving into the zone may bring lighting that could cause additional wildfires in the area. Any increase in wildfire activity could lead to more abundant smoke.

Smoke

Smoke has the ability to travel many hundreds of miles with the air currents in the atmosphere. Just because there are no active fires near you doesn’t mean you may not be impacted by smoke. Smoke production from the wildfires on the Osceola National Forest should be heaviest in the afternoon after the day has heated up. If the smoke mixes with the local fog being produced due to high relative humidity, then visibility could decrease dramatically. Use cation when traveling near wildfire operations and watch for equipment on the roadways.

Prescribed Fire

Prescribed fire is one of the best tools available to wildfire managers to help reduce fire risk and maintain a healthy ecosystem. The Big Gum Wilderness Prescribed Fire on the Osceola National Forest continues to smolder and burn within the perimeter. Smoke remains light, but as the prescribed fire burns through dead and down fuels, smoke production may increase. Fire managers are monitoring the situation closely each day.

Daily AQI Forecast · for Jun 07, 2019

Comment for Today Fri, Jun 07 6/07 6/08

Lake City

Yesterday Lake City had good air quality throughout the day. Off and on showers today should help maintain that good air quality. Southwest winds will push any smoke to the northeast and away from the area. If lighting starts new

fires in the area the air quality could change rapidly.

White Springs

The White Springs area should not notice much smoke impacts today. If lighting starts new fires in the area air quality could change rapidly. Air quality has hovered around the good to moderate range for several days now however, today should be in the good range.

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Issued 2019-06-07 09:14 EDT by William Basye; william.basye@usda.gov

Air Quality Index (AQI) Actions to Protect Yourself

Good None

Moderate Unusually sensitive individuals should consider limiting prolonged or heavy exertion.

USG People within Sensitive Groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

Unhealthy People within Sensitive Groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity.

Very Unhealthy Everyone should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.

Hazardous Everyone should avoid any outdoor activity.

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Disclaimer: This forecast is based on fine particulates only; ozone is not included. Forecasts may be wrong; use at own risk. Use caution as conditions can

change quickly. See your health professional as needed. Smoke sensitive groups should take appropriate precautions.

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Additional Links

Inciweb- Wildfire information https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6372/ Fire Information Officer email contact http://osceolafireupdates@gmail.com

Issued by USFS Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program www.wildlandfiresmoke.net

Osceola National Forest Updates tools.airfire.org/outlooks/OsceolaNationalForest

·Smoke and Health Info www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index