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ORZ022>031-231900-
Curry County Coast-Central Douglas County-
Eastern Curry County and Josephine County-
Eastern Douglas County Foothills-Jackson County-
South Central Oregon Cascades-
Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades-Klamath Basin-
Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County-
Central and Eastern Lake County-
Including the cities of Brookings, Harbor, Gold Beach, Drain,
Elkton, Roseburg, Sutherlin, Green, Myrtle Creek, Canyonville,
Glendale, Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Steamboat, Toketee Falls,
Medford, Ashland, Crater Lake, Crescent Lake, Diamond Lake,
Union Creek, Howard Prairie, Siskiyou Summit, Altamont,
Klamath Falls, Beatty, Bly, Chemult, Crescent, Gilchrist,
Sprague River, Adel, Lakeview, and Valley Falls
1200 PM PDT Tue Aug 21 2018

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air
Pollution Advisory...in effect until further notice. This advisory
has been expended to include Curry County.

Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecast conditions
will cause air quality levels to fluctuate and could be at unhealthy
levels.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes...runny nose...aggravate
heart and lung diseases...and aggravate other serious health
problems.Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is
smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung
condition.

For additional information...please visit the web site at
http://www.oregon.gov/deq

$$

ORC001-025-045-222100-
Baker-Harney-Malheur-
226 PM MDT Tue Aug 21 2018 /126 PM PDT Tue Aug 21 2018/

...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
QUALITY FOR SOUTHEAST OREGON...

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air
Quality Advisory for Baker, Malheur and Harney Counties due to
elevated pollutant levels. This Advisory will remain in effect until
air quality conditions have significantly improved.

Inversion conditions are expected over the area, with light winds
and limited mixing of the air.  During these conditions, smoke can
be trapped at ground level and potentially build up in concentration
for the duration of the stagnant air pattern.

DEQ asks people in the affected areas to refrain from outdoor
burning and to use alternatives to wood stoves if other heating
options are available and practical.  Information on wood stoves,
and wood stove smoke, can be found at:
http://www.oregon.gov/deq/Residential/Pages/Woodstoves-Health.aspx.
Be sure to check for any local burning restrictions or wood stove
advisories in each particular community before burning.

Exposure to ambient particulate matter pollution is one of the top
risk factors that contribute to premature death in the United
States, accounting for approximately 100,000 deaths annually.
Numerous scientific studies have linked smoke pollution to a variety
of problems including coughing, aggravated asthma, bronchitis, and
irregular heartbeat.

Health officials recommend that young children, pregnant women,
asthma suffers, those with lung or heart conditions, and adults age
65 and older limit vigorous outdoor activity.  Pollution levels tend
to be highest during morning and evening hours.

Visit the Oregon DEQ internet site at
http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/ for current conditions.

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ORC013-017-021-023-031-049-055-059-061-063-065-069-221900-
Crook-Deschutes-Gilliam-Grant-Jefferson-Morrow-Sherman-Umatilla-Union-
Wallowa-Wasco-Wheeler-Including the cities of Prineville, Post,
Paulina, Bend, Redmond, Sunriver, Sisters, La Pine, Brothers,
Condon, Lonerock, Arlington, John Day, Monument, Dayville, Long
Creek, Seneca, Madras, Warm Springs, Culver, Boardman, Heppner,
Lexington, Ione, Irrigon, Wasco, Moro, Grass Valley, Hermiston,
Milton-Freewater, Pendleton, Athena, Pilot Rock, Stanfield,
Umatilla, Ukiah, Helix, La Grande, Elgin, Union, North Powder,
Enterprise, Joseph, Wallowa..Imnaha, Troy, Lostine, The Dalles,
Maupin, Shaniko, Tygh Valley, Fossil, Spray, and Mitchell
850 AM PDT Tue Aug 21 2018

...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT THURSDAY...

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality
Advisory...in effect until noon PDT Thursday.

A Smoke Air Quality Advisory remains in effect. Wildfires burning in
the region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality
to remain at unhealthy levels.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes...runny nose...aggravate
heart and lung diseases...and aggravate other serious health
problems.  Limit outdoor activities. Please follow medical advice if
you have a heart or lung condition.

For additional information...please visit the Web site at
http://www.oregon.gov/DEQ

$$

ORC039-221900-
Lane-
Including the cities of Eugene, Florence, Oakridge,
and Willamette Pass
1153 AM PDT Mon Aug 20 2018

...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM PDT THURSDAY...

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency has issued an Air Quality
Advisory, which is in effect until 6 AM PDT Thursday for Lane county
in northwest Oregon.

Residents who are sensitive to smoke are advised to use caution when
participating in outdoor activities, or to wait out the smoke for a
couple days. Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly, but
significant improvement is not likely to occur until after onshore
flow resumes Wednesday.

Residents can view current air quality conditions at
http://www.lrapa/org/216/Todays-Current-Air-Quality

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.

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: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Lane County Public Health advises special considerations during
period of poor air quality:
- Individuals who have preexisting lung conditions or who are very
  young or very old are advised to stay indoor if possible and close
  windows and doors
- People exposed to smoky conditions and who suffer from asthma or
  other respiratory problems should follow their breathing treatment
  plans or contact their health care providers.
- During period of poor air quality, everyone is encouraged to avoid
  strenuous outdoor activity.
- Use high efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA filters) or
  electrostatic precipitator filters (ESP filters) if you can. These
  can help clean indoor air.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning
  eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and aggravate
  other serious health problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep
  children indoors if it is smoky. Please follow medical advice if
  you have a heart or lung condition.

More information about air quality can be found at:
www.lrapa.org

$$

ORC003-005-007-009-027-041-043-047-051-053-057-067-071-221900-
Benton-Clackamas-Clatsop-Columbia-Hood River-Lincoln-Linn-Marion-
Multnomah-Polk-Tillamook-Washington-Yamhill-
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

...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT WEDNESDAY...

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
https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map. 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: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

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
  smoke.
- 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
  providers.

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,
541-600-6119, benenati.katherine@deq.state.or.us

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