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Air Quality Alert

Benton-Clackamas-Clatsop-Columbia-Hood River-Lincoln-Linn-Marion-
Including the cities of Corvallis, Oregon City, Mollala, Sandy,
Government Camp, Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, St. Helens,
Vernonia, Clatskanie, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Parkdale, Newport,
Lincoln City, Toledo, Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home, Salem, Stayton,
Detroit, Portland, Gresham, Multnomah Falls, Dallas, Monmouth,
Independence, Grande Ronde, Tillamook, Garibaldi, Pacific City,
Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, McMinnville, and Newberg
1153 AM PDT Mon Aug 20 2018


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air
Quality Advisory, which remains in effect until noon PDT Wednesday
for much of northwest Oregon.

The advisory covers the following counties; Benton, Clatsop,
Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah,
Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill.

Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly. Residents can view
current air quality conditions at DEQ`s Air Quality Index The index is also available
on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store.

The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes
temporary monitors close to specific fires, daily smoke forecasts for
specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for
more information:

The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows:
Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely
sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as
children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory
conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy
for all groups. Maroon is hazardous.

People can take the following precautions:
- Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places
  with highest concentrations.
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions.
- If you have heart disease, asthma or other respiratory ailments,
  or are over 65, you have a higher risk of illness from wildfire
- Small children and pregnant women are also at increased risk.
  These residents are encouraged to stay indoors.
- People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should
  follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare

Oregon`s monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions
in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air
quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to
protect themselves.

Contact: DEQ: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene,


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