Air Quality Poor From Portland To Eugene For Next Few Days

Sep 15, 2014

Hazy conditions near Portland.
Credit 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 SvelundĀ  says if people need to know the air quality in their area, sometimes it's best to look outside.

Svelund: "If you can't see more than one mile, you have very poor air quality. If you can see up to three miles, it's generally unhealthy for people that have asthma or other respiratory conditions. And if you can see more than five miles, that's generally pretty good air quality."

Svelund says the elderly, infants, and people with respiratory conditions should avoid doing strenuous activity outdoors the next few days. He adds there isn't a lot of containment on the Estacada fire right now and it's hard to tell with changing winds which areas will be the most affected by smoke.

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