The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Southwest Clean Air Agency, as well as the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, issued an air quality advisory Sunday for portions of Western Washington, as well as Portland, the Oregon North Coast and much of the Willamette Valley.
After a brief improvement in air quality over the weekend, conditions worsened Sunday night and smoke is expected last through Wednesday.
In Oregon, the advisory covers the following counties; Benton, Clatsop, Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Linn, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill. Lane County is not currently under the advisory, but conditions there could worsen in the next few days depending on weather and wildfire conditions.
Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems:
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency advised that members of the public take precautions, especially children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD), or that have had a stroke:
As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.
Oregon residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store.
The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/