Air quality has been a problem for the last two years, due to wildfires in California and Oregon. Depending on the wind direction, smoke has filled Surprise Valley.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a measure of the amount of smoke and particulates in the air. The following web sites give indication of air quality in Fort Bindwell. They may be slow to load.
Shows the AQI in the Fort Bidwell area and a map of the distribution centered on Fort Bidwell (scroll down).
Click on Fire/Fire and Smoke Map in the top menu to see a fire map.
Position Modoc in the center of the screen (Left-Click, hold, move mouse),
and zoom-in/out using the + or - keys or the scroll wheel on your mouse.
Click on the squares of triangles to details about each location.
PurpleAir is a company that provides a map of their Internet connected AQI sensors.
Each red spot is a sensor showing the AQI number. One in Cedarville and one in Alturas.
Zoom, position, and select details as for AirNow above.
When you click on a red spot, details are shown including a graph of the last few days.
Winds Aloft (aviationweather.gov)
The direction of the wind brings the smoke to Surprise Valley
(West and South-West from California, North-West from Oregon).
Click on -090 or -120 in the left slider to see 9,000 or 12,000 feet most likely to affect us.
The map zoom and positions as for the other maps above.