Because Of Smoke From Wildfires, The Oregon DEQ Issues An Air Quality Advisory For Deschutes County And Other Places

There is likely to be moderate to unhealthy smoke until at least Tuesday. PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality put out a warning about the air quality in Klamath, Lake, Deschutes, and Wallowa counties on Saturday because of smoke from wildfires like the Cedar Creek and Rum Creek fires.

DEQ also said that smoke from nearby fires will cause moderate to unhealthy smoke to linger in Central and Northeastern Oregon until at least 3 p.m. on Tuesday. This includes the counties of Baker, the east of Grant, Malheur, the north of Harney, the east of Lane, and the south of Douglas. Most of the area was in the “unhealthy” category Saturday morning, but by afternoon, many places were in the “moderate” category.

The air quality in Redmond and Sisters was “good,” but the air quality in La Pine was still “unhealthy.” Some parts of Bend still had levels that were “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” For the latest information, check out the E::SPACE air quality map on our weather page. The DEQ’s warning about smoke in Josephine, Jackson, and Curry counties still stands. Check the daily smoke outlooks for Southwest, Eastern, and Central Oregon to see when the smoke might be better or worse.

Depending on the weather, the amount of smoke can change quickly. Check out the current situation on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, DEQ’s Air Quality Index, or by getting the free OregonAIR app on your phone. Smoke can hurt your eyes and lungs and make some health problems worse. Infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and women who are pregnant are most likely to be hurt. Keep yourself and your family safe when there is a lot of smoke:

  • If you can, stay inside. Close all windows and doors. If it’s too hot, put the air conditioner on recirculate, or think about going somewhere cooler.
  • Don’t do anything hard outside.
  • Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in ventilation systems or portable air purifiers. Or, you can make your own air filter by following these steps.
  • Be aware of where the smoke is and stay away from places with the most.
  • When the Air Quality Index says the air quality is moderate or healthy (yellow or green), people should open their windows and doors to let in the fresh air.
  • If you have a plan for how to breathe because of a medical condition, be sure to follow it and get any refills you need.

The harmful particles in smoke can’t be stopped by cloth, dust, or surgical masks. N95 or P100 respirators that have been approved by NIOSH may protect you, but you have to choose and wear them right. Choose a respirator that has an N, R, or P next to the numbers 95, 99, or 100.

Learn how to put a respirator on and how to use it. Children can’t use respirators because they don’t come in sizes that are right for them. Before putting on a respirator, people with heart or lung problems should talk to a doctor or nurse.

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