Poor air quality will continue this week

By on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

BAKER COUNTY – (Information provided by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality)  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency issued an air quality advisory for Central Oregon and Southern Oregon, plus parts of Oregon Cascades and Eastern Oregon due to smoke from fires in Oregon and Northern California.

The following areas are under advisory:

Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake and Malheur counties until at least Thursday afternoon.

Eastern portions of Douglas, Lane, Linn and Marion counties depending on nearby fire activity until at least Thursday afternoon.

Daily smoke forecasts for Southern OregonKlamath Falls and Lane and Deschutes counties are available from the US Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program. These forecasts provide estimates of what times of day smoke might be better or worse in those areas.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, DEQ’s Air Quality Index, or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. People most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant women.

Protect yourself and your family when smoke levels are high:

Stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed.

Avoid strenuous outdoor activity.

Use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in indoor ventilation systems or portable air purifiers. Or create your own air purifying filter by following these instructions.

Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels.

If you have heart or lung disease or asthma, follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

Cloth, dust and surgical masks don’t protect from the harmful particles in smoke. N95 or P100 respirators approved by NIOSH may offer protection, but they must be properly fitted and worn. They won’t work for everyone, especially children. People with heart or lung conditions should consult their doctor before wearing a respirator. Get more information about protecting your health during wildfires.