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Very Unhealthy to Hazardous Air Quality Affects South Willamette Valley

Rachael McDonald

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

According to LRAPA, the Air Quality Index was at 400 at one point on Sunday in Eugene.

The Register Guard reports this is most unhealthy air conditions have been in 25 years for the area. Lane County Public Health advises people to remain indoors when the air quality is this poor. There are more than 800 wildfires burning in the region. The forecast says a shift in winds will blow away smoke later this week bringing relief and cooler temperatures.

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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