Real Time Images

The Real Time Images section features live images and current air quality conditions from Forest Service monitoring locations throughout the United States. Digital images from Web-based cameras are updated every 15 to 60 minutes. Near real-time air quality data and meteorological data are also provided to distinguish natural from human-made causes of poor visibility and to provide current air pollution levels to the public.

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Images will appear black during the nighttime hours. If the image is missing, please be patient and try again later. Real-time images are archived every 24 hours. To view archived 9 AM, 12 PM or 3 PM images, use the navigation bar above to access the drop-down Image Library or Library Search menus.

Site Descriptions

Photo of Agua Tibia East, CA
Agua Tibia East, CA

The Red Mountain real-time pan/tilt digital camera system was installed southeast of Hemet, California, in September 2003. In August 2007, a third view to the southwest was established to view Agua Tibia Wilderness from the East. The Agua Tibia East view includes Agua Tibia Mountain and the Agua Tibia Wilderness, ~28 kilometers in the distance. Associated meteorological data are obtained from meteorological instrumentation located at the Red Mountain station.

Photo of Bitterroot Valley, MT
Bitterroot Valley, MT

The Selway-Bitterroot real-time digital camera system was installed outside of the Stevensville Ranger Station, Montana, in May 2002. The camera views Crown Point, 11.0 kilometers to the Northwest. A TEOM-PM10 particulate sampler is also operational; however, no data are transmitted for public viewing at this time. Associated meteorological data are collected from the Stevensville, Montana RAWS station.

Photo of Boundary Waters, MN
Boundary Waters, MN

The Boundary Waters real-time digital camera system was installed in December 2005. Supporters include the US Forest Service in cooperation with the Central States Air Resource Agencies (CenSARA). The monitoring site is located on the Superior National Forest, approximately 3 kilometers East of Triangle Lake, as well as views to the Northwest. An ozone monitor, aerosol sampler and associated meteorological equipment are also located at the site.

Photo of Bridger Wilderness, WY
Bridger Wilderness, WY

The Bridger real-time digital camera system was installed at the top of the White Pine Ski Area in October 2006. Supporters include the US Forest Service, in cooperation with the Shell Exploration and Production Company and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The site is located approximately 15 kilometers northeast of Pinedale, Wyoming and views Mount Bonneville, 36 kilometers to the east-southeast. Associated meteorological data are obtained from the NOAA weather station at the Big Piney/Marbleton Airport.

Photo of Cloud Peak Wilderness, WY
Cloud Peak Wilderness, WY

The Cloud Peak camera system was installed in February 2001 by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The Forest Service assumed operations and support of this visibility camera in September 2014. The camera system is located just east of the Big Horn Mountains, approximately 14 miles west of Buffalo, and views the Big Horn Mountains and Hunter Mesa to the southwest.

An aerosol sampler is also located at the site; however, no air quality or meteorological data are currently associated with these images. A selected gallery of Cloud Peak images collected from 2001 to 2014 can be accessed here. A historical gallery of 35mm images collected by the Forest Service prior to 2001 can be accessed under the Historical Gallery dropdown here.
Photo of Columbia River Gorge – Wishram, WA
Columbia River Gorge – Wishram, WA

The Columbia River Gorge real-time digital camera system was installed on the northern bank of the Columbia River (Washington), slightly east of the Dalles Dam, in March 2001. The camera views Mount Hood, 63.0 kilometers to the Southwest. An aerosol sampler is the only air quality instrument currently remaining at the site. Meteorological data are obtained from the NOAA weather station, located at Pearson Air Field in Washington.

Photo of Cucamonga South, CA
Cucamonga South, CA

The Red Mountain real-time pan/tilt digital camera system was installed southeast of Hemet, California in September 2003. The camera pans to the North-Northwest to view Diamond Valley Lake and the Cucamonga Wilderness, ~105 kilometers in the distance. Associated meteorological data are obtained from meteorological instrumentation located at the Red Mountain station.

Photo of Dolly Sods, WV
Dolly Sods, WV

The Dolly Sods Web camera system was installed in the Bearden Knob air quality monitoring compound in November 2003. The camera views the Canaan Valley and Mt. Port Crayon, 21 kilometers to the South. An aerosol sampler, ozone monitor and associated meteorological equipment are also located at the site.

Photo of Gates of the Mountains, MT
Gates of the Mountains, MT

The Gates of the Mountains digital camera system was installed on Hogback Ridge Southeast of Wolf, Montana, in June 2001. Web-based real-time monitoring began in 2010. The camera overlooks the Helena Valley and views the Continental Divide and Flint Creek Range in the distance. Gates of the Mountains Wilderness is located north of the view shown. An aerosol sampler is also located at the site; however, no air quality or meteorological data are currently associated with these images.

Photo of High Schells, NV
High Schells, NV

The High Schells and White Pine Range remote dual digital camera system was installed south of Ely, Nevada in October 2009. The High Schells camera view includes Mt. Moriah and Schell Creek Range to the East. Associated meteorological data are collected from the Nevada DOT meteorology station at Murry Summit.

Photo of High Uintas, UT
High Uintas, UT

The High Uintas real-time digital camera system was installed south of Lake Fork Mountain in the spring of 2010. Similar to the original 35mm system (1987-2001), the digital web camera views Ostler and Squaw peak to the northwest. No air quality or meteorological data are currently associated with the High Uintas images.

Photo of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock, NC
Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock, NC

The Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock real-time digital camera system was installed in December 2005. Supporters include the US Forest Service, in cooperation with the Southern Research Station and North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR). Images and air quality data are provided courtesy of the national forests in North Carolina and the NCDENR. The monitoring site is located Northeast of Andrews, NC and views Hoglaw Gap 22 kilometers to the west. Associated meteorological data are obtained from the CHON7 RAWS station.

Photo of Monture, MT
Monture, MT

The Monture digital camera system was installed in Ovando, Montana in June 2001. Web-based real-time monitoring began in 2010. The camera views the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Monture Mountain to the North. An aerosol sampler is also located ~10km northwest of the site; however, no air quality or meteorological data are currently associated with these images.

Photo of Mount Hood, OR
Mount Hood, OR

The Mount Hood digital camera system was installed at the Timberline Ski Area in November 2000. Web-based real-time monitoring began in 2003. The camera views Mt. Jefferson, ~70 kilometers to the South. No air quality data are currently associated with these images. Meteorological data are obtained from the Timberline Base meteorology station.

Photo of Mount Washington, NH
Mount Washington, NH

The Mount Washington camera system was installed in July 2000, by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) Regional Planning Organization. Images are primarily posted on NESCAUM’s CAMNET Web site: http://www.hazecam.net/mtwash.html

The US Forest Service began sponsoring this site with NESCAUM in August 2009. The camera is located in Conway, New Hampshire and views Mount Washington ~35 kilometers to the Northwest. This view also encompasses portions of the Great Gulf and Presidential Range-Dry River Wildernesses. An ozone monitor and particulate sampler are located at the site; however, associated climate data are collected from a meteorological station located east of the camera site in Center Conway.
Photo of Pasayten, WA
Pasayten, WA

The Pasayten digital camera system was installed at the Loup Loup Ski Area in November 2000. Web-based real-time monitoring began in 2003. The camera views the Methow River Valley and Sawtooth Ridgeline to the Southwest. No air quality or meteorological data are currently associated with these images.

Photo of San Gabriel, CA
San Gabriel, CA

The Josephine Peak real-time pan/tilt digital camera system was installed northeast of Pasadena, California in May 2008. The camera pans to the East-Northeast to view the San Gabriel Wilderness, including Twin Peaks and Vetter Mountain, ~6 kilometers in the distance. Associated air quality and meteorology data are obtained from the Forest Service air quality and meteorology equipment located on Vetter Mountain (CA).

Photo of San Pedro, CA
San Pedro Parks, NM

The San Pedro Parks real-time digital camera system was installed in August of 2012. The monitoring site is located just outside of the southern Wilderness boundary, east of Cuba, NM. The camera system is co-located with the current IMPROVE aerosol monitoring site at an elevation of ~2,935 meters.

Photo of San Jacinto, CA
San Jacinto, CA

The Red Mountain real-time pan/tilt digital camera system was installed southeast of Hemet, California, in September 2003. The camera pans to the Northeast to view San Jacinto Peak (San Jacinto Wilderness) and the San Gorgonio Wilderness, ~50 kilometers in the distance. Air quality data are obtained from the Forest Service air quality equipment located at the Keenwild Heli-base (CA). Meteorology data are obtained from the Keenwild RAWS station.

Photo of Shamrock, CO
Shamrock, CO

The Shamrock NOx and ozone air quality monitoring station was installed east of Bayfield, Colorado in February 2004. The station monitors air quality conditions for the Weminuche Wilderness and Four-Corners Region.

Monitoring instrumentation at the site includes an NOx analyzer (Nitric Oxide–NO, Nitrogen Dioxide–NO2, Oxides of Nitrogen- NOx), Ozone (O3) analyzer, and wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, and precipitation (meteorological) sensors. Hourly data are collected, summarized, and posted daily in the Real-Time Images section of this Web site. A digital camera system was installed southwest of the monitoring station in November 2005; images were collected until July 2009. Images of this camera view to the Southwest were archived and posted to the Image Library database.
Photo of Shining Rock, NC
Shining Rock, NC

The Shining Rock real-time digital camera system was installed in March 2000. Supporters include the US Forest Service, in cooperation with the Southern Research Station and North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR). Images and air quality data are provided courtesy of the national forests in North Carolina and the NCDENR. The monitoring site is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway and views Cold Mountain, 7.7 kilometers to the West. An aerosol sampler and ozone monitoring equipment are also located at the site. Meteorological data are obtained from the Davidson River (DARN7) RAWS site.

Photo of Upper Buffalo, AR
Upper Buffalo, AR

The Upper Buffalo real-time digital camera system was installed in November 2005. Supporters include the US Forest Service, in cooperation with the Central States Air Resource Agencies (CenSARA). The monitoring site is located along Highway 16 south of Red Star, Arkansas, and views Moonhull Mountain to the Southeast. Meteorological data are obtained from the NOAA weather station located at Fort Smith Regional Airport.

Photo of White Pine Range, NV
White Pine Range, NV

The White Pine Range and High Schells remote dual digital camera system was installed south of Ely, Nevada in October 2009. The White Pine Range camera views White Pine Range, including Currant Mountain ~22 kilometers to the Southwest and Mount Hamilton ~22 kilometers to the West. Associated meteorological data are collected from the Nevada DOT meteorology station at Murry Summit.