- Bushfire emergency monitoring is being undertaken at the following locations:
- Air quality across NSW may be affected by extensive smoke from bushfires, in particular, the mid-North Coast, Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands regions. For more information on:
- Visibility (Vis or NEPH) is a good indicator for smoke. If the Visibility AQI is “Poor” or worse, then there is likely to be significant smoke outside. If Visibility is “Fair” (yellow), there could be some impact due to smoke. While visibility is also affected by dust, the instrument is more sensitive to smoke.
- Health message: find out what the AQI colours mean for your activity.
- Find the concentration units we report in.
Live air quality data - Special projects monitoring
View the latest air quality index (AQI) and concentration values for data collected from special monitoring projects.
At the request of NSW Health and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has established a mobile air quality monitoring pod in Port Macquarie. The monitoring pod is located in a residential area in Port Macquarie, to conduct continued monitoring of air quality which has been affected by smoke from the Lindfield Park Road bushfire, private burn offs and domestic fireplaces.
The mobile air monitoring pod measures visibility (NEPH), carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen dioxide (NOx), ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and airborne particulate matter as PM10 (particles less than 10 µm in diameter) and PM2.5 (particles less than 2.5µm in diameter). In addition, meteorological parameters of wind speed, wind direction, temperature and humidity are being monitored.
Hourly updated data will be available on this webpage. Residents are advised to use this information to guide their daily activities and avoid smoke exposure to protect their health.
The air monitoring data collected in Port Macquarie to date indicates that air quality can become poor overnight, from after about 8pm until mid-morning (9am), and that this pattern varies with weather conditions. If it looks smoky outside, stay indoors if possible until the air clears and if you are outside avoid strenuous exercise and heavy work.
Questions about the status or management of the fire should be directed to NSW RFS. In case of emergency, always remember to dial Triple Zero (000).
The Katoomba Air Quality Monitoring Station is part of the Blue Mountains and Lithgow Air Watch Project led by NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Blue Mountains and Lithgow Air Watch is a temporary (12-month) project initiated by the local community to measure ambient air quality in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow. The project started in May 2019 and will conclude in May 2020.
As part of this project, 12 low-cost air quality (KOALA) sensors developed by Queensland University of Technology have been deployed at locations selected by community representatives. The use of KOALA sensors provides a cost effective and easy-to-operate way of observing air pollution trends across the Blue Mountains and Lithgow areas.
KOALA sensors used in this project do not comply with Australian Standards and only provide indicative measurements of PM10, PM2.5 and carbon monoxide. Current data from the KOALA sensors can be found on the KOALA webpage. Note that this website works best on the Chrome browser.
Further information regarding the Blue Mountains and Lithgow Air Watch Project can be found on the EPA's webpage.
This information is also available by calling the NSW OEH Environment Line: 131 555 (local call cost throughout NSW) or (02) 9995 5555 (if calling from outside NSW).
Disclaimer: The data used in the compilation of this page have undergone only preliminary quality assurance checks. These data may require modification during final stages of validation as a result of calibration changes, power failures, instrument failures etc.