Jo Niehaus

Anni Katz

There’s good news and bad news about Lane County’s Air Quality from a recent American Lung Association report. The area gets an “A” for its low ozone levels. But too much wood smoke makes the air unhealthy some of the year.

Amanda Butt

In an effort to reduce particulate matter this winter, a pilot program is providing affordable, seasoned firewood to Oakridge and Westfir residents. Seasoned firewood has been dried out for at least 6 months, reducing the amount of moisture burning back into the air. Lane Regional Air Protection Agency Spokeswoman Jo Niehaus says wintertime air pollution is pretty bad in Oakridge; especially when the air is stagnant.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

Air quality in the south Willamette Valley declined earlier this week due to smoke from wildfires in southern Oregon and northern California. A new fire south of Eugene has further increased risks. Residents may need to prepare for a long stretch of hazy conditions.