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By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Updated 18 hours ago April 19, 2024

Air Quality & Wildfire Smoke Forecast Maps

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Track incoming wildfire smoke, see real-time air quality, and view active fires on OpenSnow.

These high-resolution maps on OpenSnow highlight the exact location of active fires and forecast their downstream smoke impacts for the next 2 days.

  1. Tap the "Maps" tab.
  2. Tap the overlay button.
  3. Tap any "Air Quality" or "Wildfire" map.
  4. Scrub the bottom slider.

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Air Quality Real-Time

Use this map to view the current PM 2.5 air quality index from PurpleAir sensors. Shown as the 10-minute average for the past 24 hours and available worldwide.

View → Air Quality Real-Time

Air Quality Forecast

Use this map to view the likely location of smoke and other pollutants for the next 5 days. Updated 4 times per day and available worldwide.

View → Air Quality Forecast

Smoke Hi-Res (surface)

Use this map to track smoke for the next 2 days near the ground where it can impact breathing. Updated every hour and available for the continental United States.

View → Smoke Hi-Res (surface)

Smoke Hi-Res (sky)

Use this map to track smoke for the next 2 days in the sky where it can impact visibility. Updated every hour and available for the continental United States.

View → Smoke Hi-Res (sky)

Smoke (surface)

Use this map to track smoke for the next 2 days near the ground where it can impact breathing. Updated every hour and available across all of North America.

View → Smoke (surface)

Smoke (sky)

Use this map to track smoke for the next 2 days in the sky where it can impact visibility. Updated every hour and available across all of North America.

View → Smoke (sky)

Active Fires

Use this map to track named fire incidents in the US & Canada, fire perimeters in the US & Canada, and satellite-detected hotspots, globally.

View → Active Fires

Here's an example of wildfire smoke moving into New York on June 7, 2023.

new york wildfire smoke

Track air quality and wildfire smoke on any device by upgrading to All-Access. The benefits include 10-day hourly weather forecasts, expert local analysis, custom weather alerts, and much more.


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About The Author

Sam Collentine

Meteorologist

Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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