Air Quality In Southern Willamette Valley To Improve But Stay Hazy Throughout The Summer

Aug 15, 2018

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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.

Jo Niehaus from the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says the smoke close to the ground should be gone by tonight  but to expect more haze as the summer progresses.

"We can anticipate to see high haze that have been seeing for the last few weeks pretty regularly throughout the rest of the summer. And sometimes, even though it may look very smoky, it hasn’t settled to the ground level, so our air quality that we’re breathing in is fairly good."

Smoke in the area is drifting down from wildfires in Washington and Canada. Conditions remain unhealthy in areas outside Portland and in Southern Oregon around Medford.