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Osceola National Forest Wildfires 2019

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Osceola PIO
Email: OsceolaFireUpdates@gmail.com
Phone: 386-243-0301
Hours: M-Sun 0800-2000

Smoke Outlook June 10 and 11, 2019

Osceola National Forest Wildfires 2019 Wildfire
News – 6/10/2019

Smoke Outlook for 6/10 - 6/11

Osceola National Forest Wildfires 2019

Issued at: 2019-06-10 09:46 EDT

Wildfire

Mop up can take a long time and is a tedious operation that firefighters are continuing to perform due to the deep duff and litter layers in the forest. None-the-less, firefighters are out there continuing to secure firelines and reduce the threat of any more fire growth. Currently fires are smoldering and creeping around in the deep duff layer, and have been slowed down by recent rain showers across the area. Fire potential for growth will only increase as conditions dry out. Any new wildfire starts do have the potential to impact roadways, and cause smoke impacts to communities.

Smoke

Smoke remains light and at this time is not impacting any large communities. Smoke production should also increase as weather conditions heat up. Roadway safety remains a top priority for the incident, and smoke production is being monitored daily. Additional air quality monitors are being ordered, and will be set up to help inform the incident on smoke conditions in the area.

Weather

Rain showers have moved through the area for the last few days and it has slowed fire growth down, but not enough to put them out. The area continues to experience drought conditions, and the rain that has occurred has not improved conditions much. The incident has two Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) on the forest that capture current weather readings. Since June 1, 2019, the RAWS on the south end of the forest has captured 0.79 inches of rain and on the north end the RAWS has captured 0.55 inches. Much more rain will be needed before the threat of wildfire risk will be diminished.

Daily AQI Forecast · for Jun 10, 2019

Comment for Today Mon, Jun 10 6/10 6/11

White Springs and Lake City: No air quality impacts are expected today.

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Issued 2019-06-10 09:46 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

Fire Information http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6372/ Fire Information Email 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