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We’ve covered the air quality index (AQI) – a lot this smoky summer.  But it turns out that closing windows and doors for lengthy periods may give you a false sense of safety, even during wildfire season.

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Most of Oregon is under an air quality advisory between now through at least noon, Monday. 

Brynda Ivan

Oregonians are enduring two current calamities: smoke from regional wildfires, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As it turns out, one tool is helpful for both: face masks.

Karen Richards

Smoke from area wildfires is affecting air quality in many parts of the region today. In Eugene / Springfield, the Air Quality Index was in the “unhealthy range Thursday afternoon.  


Wildfire smoke has greatly reduced air quality in several populated areas in Lane County, including Oakridge and Eugene-Springfield. 

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Two new emergency rules are in place to protect Oregon workers against wildfire smoke and excessive heat in employer-provided housing. 

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.

Angela Kellner / KLCC

The past few years have seen an increase in the number of days in Oregon with unhealthy air quality due to wildfire smoke.


Brian Bull / KLCC

It’s wildfire season across Oregon, and many locals fear not just for their own safety, but that of their pets. KLCC’s Brian Bull shares some tips. 

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Air quality indexes range from “unhealthy” to “hazardous” across the region, as wildfires continue to burn. And homeless people remain limited in options.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Wildfire smoke has made the air dangerous to breathe across the Eugene-Springfield area.  But there is relief later in the week.

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For people living in the vicinity of the Holiday Farm Fire, the past week has been filled with fear and anxiety as evacuation orders quickly ramped up or changed. And at one point there were concerns the fast-moving blaze could reach Springfield or even Eugene.

Anni Katz

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued air quality advisories for more areas Monday due to strong, gusty winds pushing wildfire smoke into the region.  And the Lane Regional Protection Agency says some areas may experience "Unhealthy" or "Very Unhealthy" air quality.

Karen Richards

Prescribed fire is one of the best tools to help prevent major blazes and help restore forest health. And many say we need more prescribed fire, not less. New smoke management rules in Oregon are aimed at changing that. KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with OPB's Jes Burns about how the new rules are shifting the dynamic.