Updated Aug 31, 2015: The 2015 fire season is upon us in the Pacific Northwest. Here in Joseph, Oregon, that often means that we’re hosting someone else’s smoke. And our upcoming guests are frequently calling with the question, “Is it smoky in Joseph, Oregon?” Well, here’s our take on it plus the web links we use regularly to assess the fire, smoke and traffic conditions:
Though we can look out the window and see for ourselves, we usually direct our guests to the Joseph Oregon Weather website. The site owner has two webcams trained on the Wallowa Mountains (to the south and to the west), plus a page with the 5-day weather forecast. He pulls some of his data from the National Weather Service Pendleton Oregon station, but there’s also a lot more to read on this comprehensive site.
In terms of actual fire activity, we refer to the Blue Mountain Fire Information site with current information about any fires in NE Oregon or SE Washington, or to the Inciweb website for detailed information about fires that could be causing smoke in our area (also a great source for fire information throughout the United States).
In terms of air quality, the Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has a wonderful air quality index (AQI) map that’ll give you an idea not only of our local air quality, but what you might experience on your way to Joseph, Oregon.
If the question includes road closures or smoky driving conditions, we refer to the Oregon Department of Transportation TripCheck website. Here, you’ll find comprehensive information on driving conditions, road cameras, road closures, etc.
And if you still have questions that might affect your Joseph Oregon vacation, you’re always welcome to give us a call at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast at (541) 432-0230. Safe travels!