in Western Washington we experienced some very difficult atmospheric
conditions (forest fire smoke) over the last week, as did many in our
we approach 2017 Fall Quarterly Meeting, some Friends are concerned
that travel conditions, and at Lazy F, will be uncomfortable,
unhealthy, and even unsafe. Those of us involved in planning our
gathering share these concerns, and are discussing how to proceed.
Decisions Committee of PNQM will
hold a meeting early next week to decide whether or not 2017 Fall
Quarterly Meeting should proceed. Registrants will be notified of
the outcome as soon as possible.
the meantime, please consider your needs and the needs of your
family. There are possible smoky conditions on the way to the
Ellensburg area, and during our stay at Lazy F. It is up to each
to decide whether or not to attend, provided the meeting is held. At
the end of this notice, there are some websites that may be helpful
in assessing conditions of concern.
you are registered, and decide not to attend, please notify the
Registrar as soon as possible,
cancelling in the registration system, or
we all travel in the light!
and Fire Monitoring links:
ABOUT AIR QUALITY IS ON THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY WEB
OR CALL 360-407- 6000.
EPA air monitoring site:
https://airnow.gov (for Lazy F,
enter zip 98926)
The Northwest Interagency
Coordination Center (NWCC)
is the Geographic Area Coordination Center for the Northwest Region
which includes the States of Oregon and Washington. Located in
Portland, OR, the NWCC serves as the focal point for interagency
resource coordination, logistics support, aviation support and
predictive services for all state and federal agencies involved in
wildland fire management and suppression in the region. Cooperating
agencies include the: Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service,
Oregon Dept. of Forestry, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of
Indian Affairs, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources and the
National Park Service.
is the link to their predictions:
general website, which provides maps of existing fires along with