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The air throughout the Southern Willamette Valley is expected to get smokier and hazier between now and Wednesday night. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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With air quality worsening throughout the week, Lane County officials are urging people to be aware of the health effects of breathing smoky air. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there are even “clean air spaces” being made available.

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Haze from wildfires continues to plague the southern Willamette valley as wind carries smoke from Washington and Canada. Air levels are currently at a high moderate level in Eugene and throughout central and southern Oregon.

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While the southern Willamette Valley has only seen moderate effects from wildfires this season, stretches from northern and southern Oregon continue to endure unhealthy air quality.

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Wildfire smoke has descended upon Eugene and the southern Willamette Valley Tuesday. Air quality levels were listed as “moderate” Wednesday. Air at this level can be unhealthy for those with breathing and lung problems, as well as children and those who are elderly.

Karen Richards

 

Last summer, wildfires brought unprecedented smoke to Eugene and other Oregon cities. High particulate levels caused cancellations of outdoor events, and people became fluent in air quality numbers.

 

Rachael McDonald

An air stagnation advisory has been issued for the Willamette Valley. The inversion is expected to last through Monday according to officials.

Anni Katz

Heavy smoke from area wildfires that has created unhealthy to hazardous air quality in Eugene and Springfield for the past several days. But, the National Weather Service is forecasting a change soon.

Rachael McDonald

Smoky air continues to plague most of Oregon Monday. The air quality was rated hazardous in Eugene and Springfield Sunday.

inciweb

Over recent days, air quality has been unhealthy through much of Oregon due to wildfire smoke. Those most vulnerable are the very young, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions.

lrapa.org

Residents of the South Willamette Valley should get relief from poor air quality this afternoon (Tuesday). But the smoky air is expected to return for Labor Day weekend.

Recorded on: November 4, 2016

Air Date: November 7, 2016

Are we at risk for metal contamination in our local air and water? Heavy metals from glass foundries have been found in Portland’s air and lead has been found in many school water fountains throughout Oregon including Eugene. Merlyn Hough, Director of Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) and Brad Taylor, Water Operations Manager for Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) will speak about the situation in the Eugene metropolitan area.

Merlyn Hough will speak to the following questions on air quality:

Lane County Air Quality Agency Says Smog Levels Are Rising

Aug 19, 2016
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As temperatures rise, so do smog levels, says the lane regional air protection agency or LARAPA.

Anni Katz

There’s good news and bad news about Lane County’s Air Quality from a recent American Lung Association report. The area gets an “A” for its low ozone levels. But too much wood smoke makes the air unhealthy some of the year.

Low Air Quality May Lead to Burn Ban

Dec 30, 2015
Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

Officials are forecasting a rise in air pollution levels in the region through the weekend. Residents of the South Willamette Valley and the Bend area are asked not to burn wood until conditions improve.

Jes Burns

In October, the Environmental Protection Agency took steps to protect public health by tightening restrictions on smog. The new clean air standard is not as far-reaching as health and environmental advocates were calling for. But it’s more strict than many industry representatives wanted to see.

NASA Earth Observatory

This weekend the South Willamette Valley was blanketed with smoke from wildfires, mainly burning east of the cascades. Monday, conditions have improved. It's because the wind changed direction.

Haze Settles Over Western Oregon

Aug 23, 2015
Anni Katz

Monday’s air quality is slightly improved in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove. Oakridge continues to have unhealthy levels of particulate matter due to smoke from the area’s wildfires. That’s according to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

Air quality in the south Willamette Valley declined earlier this week due to smoke from wildfires in southern Oregon and northern California. A new fire south of Eugene has further increased risks. Residents may need to prepare for a long stretch of hazy conditions.

Pollen Season In Full Swing In Willamette Valley

May 29, 2015
Oregon Allergy Associates

Allergy season is in full swing in the Willamette Valley. According to the Oregon Allergy Associates Research Department, Friday the grass pollen count is at high levels, and the tree pollen is at a moderate level. Because of large grass seed farming and general geography Eugene is consistently ranked as one of the toughest cities for allergy prone patients. Judy Moran is a nurse at Oregon Allergy Associates. She says just because the season is staring a little earlier this year, doesn't mean clear breathing will come sooner.

Amanda Butt

Foggy days are common during Oregon winters. When damp air lingers for too long, it can lead to health problems.

Air stagnation occurs when two layers of cold air trap a layer of warm air between them. This warm air can then become saturated with pollutants such as car exhaust and chimney smoke.

Jason Davis from Lane County Health says this poor air quality can result in many symptoms.  

The Oregonian

A 2 thousand acre wildfire near Estacada is creating unhealthy air quality in many parts of Oregon. The Department of Environmental Quality says the impacted areas range from Portland to the Southern Willamette Valley and will likely continue until Wednesday morning. DEQ spokesman Greg Svelund  says if people need to know the air quality in their area, sometimes it's best to look outside.

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Yellow Point Fire, burning about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove is now 45% contained.  The Oregon Department of Forestry says crews have run more than 25 miles of hose.  Water is being distributed to the line.  Spokeswoman Shirl Fredenburg says crews are working hard to wet the area around the fire ahead of a forecast red flag weather warning.

 “Low humidity and dry, hot weather… that could be a factor.  But they have high expectations that they’ll keep it under control.”

Inciweb

Smoke from southern Oregon wildfires is making its way to the Willamette Valley and the central Cascades. That's what's creating hazy conditions. But state regulators say air quality is good for the Eugene-Springfield area. It's rated moderate in the Bend area.

Clinton Rocky is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. He says the hazy skies should stick around through Tuesday.