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Wildfire Smoke Makes Its Way To Eastern Lane County

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

An air quality advisory is in effect for parts of Lane County for the next two days. Smoke from the Middle Fork Complex Fire is expected to make its way to the Oakridge and Westfir area.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency spokesperson Travis Knudsen said the majority of Lane County won’t be affected by wildfire smoke.

“For those who are seeing the air quality being degraded it will vary and short throughout the day it will shift in a diurnal pattern the morning portions in the day in the Oakridge region specifically will be when air quality is at its best,” he said.

Knudsen said air quality will degrade as the day goes on, and may go from moderate to very unhealthy on the air quality index. He advises checking LRAPA.org for possible changes, and take precautions when necessary.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality advises staying indoors when possible, keeping windows and doors shut and avoiding strenuous outdoor activities. HEPA grade air filters indoors are also recommended indoors.

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Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.