Multnomah County Health Department is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Environmental Quality to urge residents to take precautions as wind patterns and smoky conditions create poor air quality. Small particles from wildfire smoke can irritate the eyes, throat and lungs.
Those at higher risk of health problems from poor air quality include:
To avoid breathing problems or other symptoms, avoid intense outdoor activity when air quality is poor and stay inside.
Anyone with lung problems such as asthma or emphysema should follow their disease management plans, have medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.
Check the current local air quality conditions on DEQ’s website (http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx) or call 503-229-6397.
Check the Oregon Smoke blog, for the latest on fires across the state: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/