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AQD | Air Quality Forecasts

Air Quality Division | Monitoring and Assessment

Air Quality, Dust/Lead and Wildfire Smoke Forecasts

ADEQ meteorologists issue air quality forecasts for pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter in Maricopa County and some other parts of the state to inform the public when unhealthy pollution levels are anticipated. 

Air Quality

Dust Risk

Lead Risk

Wildfire Smoke

When a Wildfire Smoke Forecast is activated, it will be available 24/7 and updated daily (in the a.m.) to provide information about expected smoke impacts for the next 48 hours. ADEQ will provide the Wildfire Smoke Forecast until the data show a significantly reduced risk of health impacts.

For an example of a Wildfire Smoke Forecast and how to navigate the forecast | View Guide >

Activated Wildfire Smoke Forecasts

  • Currently, there are no activated Wildfire Smoke Forecasts.

What is a Wildfire Smoke Forecast?

A Wildfire Smoke Forecast is activated when an Arizona wildfire has the potential to have extended air quality impacts, as determined in coordination with federal and state land managers. It is typically not provided for shorter-duration wildfires or those in remote locations away from populated areas.

The purpose of the forecast is to inform the public of health and safety considerations and support decision-making related to wildfires, providing both community members and wildfire managers with information about:

  • Who is managing the wildfire, and how to get in touch,
  • Which communities may be affected by smoke,
  • Where smoke is coming from and how long it is expected to last,
  • Recommendations about when to limit outdoor activity and,
  • Helpful resources include fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and other resources related to land managers and other agencies.

For additional wildfire support information and resources | View Wildfire Support Page >