Smoke from nearby forest fires have blanketed communities throughout the Willamette Valley, and air has been classified as “unhealthy” for the Eugene-Springfield area for Saturday.
An Air Quality Alert has been issued for Eugene, Florence, Oakridge, and Willamette Pass. Residents are advised to avoid outdoor activities.
The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) reported small-particulate pollution levels at about 153 micrograms per cubic meter for the Eugene-Springfield area Saturday morning, while Oakridge was at 86 micrograms, falling in the moderate category. Normal particulate matter levels fall between 5-10 micrograms.
With incoming wind and rain, smoke is expected to begin clearing out of the Willamette Valley Saturday evening. Rain will begin Sunday afternoon and continue at times through much of the week. This will significantly improve fire conditions and air quality.
The Air Quality Alert is in effect until Sunday at 6 p-m.