Central, Northeast, And Southeast Oregon Air Quality Advisory

Due to smoke primarily from the Cedar Creek fire near Oakridge and the Double Mountain fire near Joseph, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for Baker, Crook, Deschutes, eastern Lane, Grant, Harney, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties on Monday, Sept. 12.

Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, and Curry counties are now being taken off the advisory as a result of better circumstances.

The DEQ anticipates the air quality warning to be in effect at least until Wednesday. DEQ and affiliated organizations will keep an eye on the smoke situation.

Weather-related changes in smoke levels can occur quickly. Check the situation right now with the DEQ’s Air Quality IndexΒ for the Oregon Smoke Information, or the free OregonAIR app for your smartphone.

Smoke can aggravate some medical issues and irritate the eyes, lungs, and skin. Infants and young children, persons with heart or lung illness, elderly adults, and pregnant women are the groups most at risk.

When the level of smoke is excessive, protect yourself and your family by:

  • If you can, remain inside. Close all windows and doors. Run the air conditioner on recirculate if it’s too hot, or think about moving to a cooler area.
  • Don’t engage in intense outdoor exercise.
  • Use portable air purifiers or interior ventilation systems with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. Alternatively, you may make your own air purification filter by using the steps below.
  • Be careful of the smoke in your neighborhood and stay away from areas with the most.
  • Open windows and doors to let fresh air into buildings when the air quality reaches a moderate or healthy level (yellow or green on the Air Quality Index).
  • Follow your breathing plan if you have one if you have a medical condition, and keep any prescriptions you require supplied.
Central, Northeast, And Southeast Oregon Air Quality Advisory
Central, Northeast, And Southeast Oregon Air Quality Advisory

Surgical masks, cloth, or dust masks are ineffective in blocking dangerous smoke particles.

NIOSH-approved N95 or P100 respirators may provide protection, but they must be correctly chosen and worn. Choose a respirator with a 95, 99, or 100 beside an N, R, or P to indicate NIOSH approval. Find out how to use and put on a respirator. Children cannot use respirators since there are no children’s sizes available. Before using a respirator, those with heart or lung issues should speak with their doctor.

Locate a place with cleaner air around you: You can visit “Wildfire Related Clean Air Shelters” Alternatively, dial 211 at any time.

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