Very Unhealthy to Hazardous Air Quality Affects South Willamette Valley

Lester Mason
September 6, 2017

DEQs smoke report indicates that the air quality is forecast to continue to remain in the Good to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality category for the 24 hour Air Quality Index across the state today. To tell people when air quality is healthy or unhealthy, the Washington State Department of Ecology uses the Washington Air Quality Advisory, or WAQA.

Air pollutants can cause breathing difficulties for children, the elderly, as well as persons with respiratory problems.

The dozens of fires burning across the West and Canada have blanketed the air with choking smoke from OR, where ash fell on the town of Cascade Lakes, to Colorado, where health officials issued the air quality advisory. There are also fire particulates in the air and ash falling in the area that is unhealthy to breathe in.

Clean air centers are set up in Hoopa and Weitchpec in the tribal offices along state Route 96.

Smoke will return to Corvallis this weekend due to continuing wildfire-prone conditions, posing potential health risks.

As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., Interstate 84 between Hood River and Troutdale, in all westbound lanes and at least one eastbound lane. Blanc said the hospital is hoping people heed warnings to stay indoors and keep themselves out of the emergency room.

The advisory went on to suggest citizens limit any outdoor activity as long as smoke remains moderate or heavy in the given area.

Less than five miles of visibility means the smoke has reached unhealthy levels, according to the department.

Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors.

If you have lung disease (including asthma) or heart disease, closely monitor your health and contact your doctor if you have symptoms that worsen. "Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill".

"We're hopeful that the combination of some rain from these showers and an increase in marine air will increase humidity and help fight fires", Cullen said.

The Oregonian that the University of Oregon Ducks have moved practice to the coast at a local high school in Florence, Ore. due to poor air conditions in Eugene.

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