Pilot Balloon Observations, 2016, Jefferson County Smoke Management

Series/Report Number: COARC2016

Abstract: Pilot Balloon (PIBAL) observations are a major component of the daily decision-making process used in managing open field burning of grass seed and wheat fields in Jefferson County. PIBALs are used to track upper level wind direction and speed. They are released daily from the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm. Releases at potential burn sites allow for more accurate decision-making under marginal conditions. The PIBAL is essential in minimizing adverse smoke impacts on local communities.