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Wildfire Smoke Affects Air Quality In The Region

Smoke from area wildfires is affecting air quality in many parts of the region today. In Eugene / Springfield, the Air Quality Index was in the “unhealthy range Thursday afternoon.  

In Oakridge and Roseburg, AQI was “very unhealthy”. The poor air quality is expected to last into the weekend.

When wildfire smoke levels are high, even healthy people may be affected. Smoke-related health symptoms can include eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or headaches. The following precautions can help protect you and your family:

·     Limit exposure- stay indoors whenever possible with the doors and windows closed. Use fans indoors set to recirculate if you have an air conditioner. Air filters or purifiers can also help. Your community may also have ‘clean air’ shelters in place at public facilities.

·     If you must be outside, consider wearing a mask marked N95 or KN95. Common dust masks do not filter wildfire smoke particles.

·     Children, older adults, pregnant or nursing women, and people with asthma or heart conditions are at greater risk and should take added precautions.

You can check your air quality at https://www.lrapa.org/216/Todays-Current-Air-Quality



Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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