Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fire and Air Quality Map

The map above shows current fires and air quality at monitors around the state. The colors indicate Air Quality Index (AQI) health levels. The numbers you see when clicking on an icon are PM 2.5 concentrations, not AQI levels. For AQI numbers, visit DEQ's AQI or download the free OregonAir app for Android or iPhone. Round icons represent permanent air quality monitors, triangular icons represent temporary monitors (when deployed).

Air quality advisory expanded to Central Oregon and Harney County, extended through noon Saturday

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality expanded and extended an air quality advisory Thursday due to smoke from wildfires in California and Oregon. The updated advisory covers Central Oregon and Harney County as well as Southwest Oregon and South Central Oregon. DEQ extended the advisory through noon Saturday.

** Información en español **

The following areas are under air quality advisories:
• Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties, as well as the Warm Springs Reservation through noon Saturday. Smoke is coming from the Lionshead Fire and wildfires in California.

• Harney County through noon Saturday. Smoke is coming from wildfires in California.

• Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties, as well as Eastern Douglas County, through noon Saturday. Smoke is primarily coming from wildfires in California. The Slater Fire in Southern Oregon and Northern California also continues to produce smoke.

Smoke will most likely be thickest at night and in the mornings, with some afternoon clearing. Communities near active wildfires may see localized effects on air quality.

Air quality in the Willamette Valley is expected to be in the good or moderate range during the time of this air quality advisory.

DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke levels in these areas and air quality across the state.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions by visiting the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone, or going to on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Now website.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. Young children, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions are most at risk.

Protect your health when smoke levels are high:
• Avoid outdoor activities and stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed.
• Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels.
• Use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. These can be portable filters or can be installed in indoor heating, ventilation, cooling and air purification systems. You can also create your own air purifying filter by following these easy DIY air filter instructions .
• If you have heart or lung disease or asthma, follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

Cloth, dust and surgical masks don’t protect from the harmful particles in smoke. N95 respirators that are tested to ensure proper fit and that are worn correctly may provide protection. Otherwise, they might just provide a false sense of security. They are not available in children’s sizes and are not recommended for strenuous activities. N95 respirators are in limited supply due to COVID-19. Additional information on wildfire smoke and COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control webpage .

DEQ’s color-coded Air Quality Index provides current air quality conditions and ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, seniors, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for everyone. Maroon is hazardous.

Find more information: Oregon Smoke Blog

Media contact:
• Dylan Darling, Oregon DEQ, 541-686-7997, dylan.darling@deq.state.or.us
or Harry Esteve, Oregon DEQ, 503-951-3856, harry.esteve@deq.state.or.us

Local contacts
• Coquille Indian Tribe: Derek Mollier, derekmollier@coquilletribe.org, 541-808-4116
• Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians: Susan Ferris, s.ferris@cowcreek.com, 503-539-6343
• Crook County: Vicky Ryan, vryan@h.co.crook.or.us, 541-323-2467
• Deschutes County: Morgan Emerson, morgan.emerson@deschutes.org, 541-322-7466
• Douglas County: Teresa Mutschler, teresa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org, 541-957-3722
• Jefferson County: Emily Wegener, emily.wegener@publichealth.jeffco.net, 541-325-5001, ext. 4227
• Josephine County: Jason Roberts, jroberts@co.josephine.or.us, 541-474-5151
• Jackson County: Tanya Phillips, phillitf@jacksoncounty.org, 541-770-7708
• Klamath County: Valeree Lane, vlane@klamathcounty.org, 541-851-3737
• Lake County: Judy Clarke, jclarke@lakehealthdistrict.org, 541-947-6045, ext. 5
• The Klamath Tribes: Zak Jackson, zakary.jackson@klamathtribes.com, 541-783-2219, ext. 184
• Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs: Tim Outman, tim.outman@ctwsbnr.org, 541-553-2016

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Air quality advisory through Friday for Southwest Oregon and South Central Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Monday for Southwest Oregon and South Central Oregon due to smoke from wildfires in California and Oregon.

** Información en español **

The following areas are under air quality advisories:
• Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties, as well as Eastern Douglas County, through Friday. Smoke is primarily coming from wildfires in California. The Slater Fire in Southwest Oregon and Northern California also continues to produce smoke.

Smoke will most likely be thickest at night and in the mornings throughout the week, with some afternoon and evening clearing.

DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke levels in these areas and air quality across the state.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions by visiting the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone, or going to on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Now.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. Young children, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions are most at risk.

Protect your health when smoke levels are high:
• Avoid outdoor activities and stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed.
• Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels.
• Use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. These can be portable filters or can be installed in indoor heating, ventilation, cooling and air purification systems. You can also create your own air purifying filter by following these easy DIY air filter instructions.
• If you have heart or lung disease or asthma, follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

Cloth, dust and surgical masks don’t protect from the harmful particles in smoke. N95 respirators that are tested to ensure proper fit and that are worn correctly may provide protection. Otherwise, they might just provide a false sense of security. They are not available in children’s sizes and are not recommended for strenuous activities. N95 respirators are in limited supply due to COVID-19. Additional information on wildfire smoke and COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control webpage .

DEQ’s color-coded Air Quality Index provides current air quality conditions and ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, seniors, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for everyone. Maroon is hazardous.

Find more information: Oregon Smoke Blog

Media contact:
• Dylan Darling, Oregon DEQ, 541-686-7997, dylan.darling@deq.state.or.us
or Harry Esteve, Oregon DEQ, 503-951-3856, harry.esteve@deq.state.or.us

Local contacts
• Coquille Indian Tribe: Derek Mollier, derekmollier@coquilletribe.org, 541-808-4116
• Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians: Susan Ferris, s.ferris@cowcreek.com, 503-539-6343
• Douglas County: Teresa Mutschler, teresa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org, 541-957-3722
• Josephine County: Jason Roberts, jroberts@co.josephine.or.us, 541-474-5151
• Jackson County: Tanya Phillips, phillitf@jacksoncounty.org, 541-770-7708
• Klamath County: Valeree Lane, vlane@klamathcounty.org, 541-851-3737
• Lake County: Judy Clarke, jclarke@lakehealthdistrict.org, 541-947-6045, ext. 5
• The Klamath Tribes: Zak Jackson, zakary.jackson@klamathtribes.com, 541-783-2219, ext. 184

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Southwest Oregon smoke outlook for Oct. 2 and 3

Southwest Oregon should see continued clearing along the coast as we head into the weekend, but more smoke is in store for inland valleys.

Here's the full smoke outlook for Friday and Saturday by Seth Morphis, the air resource advisor, assigned to the fires.

Fire
The Slater and Devil fires remain active as crews continue to focus on line construction. More detailed information can be found at: Slater/Devil Fires Inciweb Information
Smoke
The high pressure ridge that has been affecting the forecast area will shift to the east today and allow onshore flow to increase through Saturday. This should bring some improvement to air quality, notably for the coastal communities, but interior valleys should see some improvement as well. Surface winds will be from the NW starting this afternoon; however, higher level transport winds will continue with enough southerly component to bring high level smoke from the south. Some of this smoke will likely mix down to surface again in the evening. Those in Happy Camp and the Seiad Valley will likely see the heaviest concentrations as smoke pools in the Klamath this evening/overnight. Folks in the Illinois Valley, Applegate Valley, and Grants Pass can expect to see some smoke throughout the day, with concentrations increasing overnight. Coastal communities should begin to see improvement this afternoon and that should continue through Saturday.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Air quality advisory through Saturday for Southern Oregon, South Central Oregon and parts of Central Oregon

Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Wednesday for Southern Oregon, South Central Oregon, and parts of Central Oregon due to smoke from wildfires in California and Oregon.

The following areas are under air quality advisories:
• Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties through Saturday. Smoke is coming from wildfires in California.
• Warm Springs Reservation through Saturday. Smoke is coming from the Lionshead Fire.

Smoke and haze will be visible throughout much of Oregon, particularly in the Willamette Valley and along the Oregon Coast. However, the air quality outside of Southern Oregon and South Central Oregon is not expected to reach unhealthy levels.

DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke levels in these areas and air quality across the state.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions by visiting the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone, or going to on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Now.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. Young children, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions are most at risk.

Protect your health when smoke levels are high:
• Avoid outdoor activities and stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed.
• Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels.
• Use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. These can be portable filters or can be installed in indoor heating, ventilation, cooling and air purification systems. You can also create your own air purifying filter by following these easy DIY air filter instructions .
• If you have heart or lung disease or asthma, follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

Cloth, dust and surgical masks don’t protect from the harmful particles in smoke. N95 respirators that are tested to ensure proper fit and that are worn correctly may provide protection. Otherwise, they might just provide a false sense of security. They are not available in children’s sizes and are not recommended for strenuous activities. N95 respirators are in limited supply due to COVID-19. Additional information on wildfire smoke and COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control webpage.

DEQ’s color-coded Air Quality Index provides current air quality conditions and ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, seniors, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for everyone. Maroon is hazardous.

Find more information: Oregon Smoke Blog

Media contact:
• Dylan Darling, Oregon DEQ, 541-686-7997, dylan.darling@deq.state.or.us
or Harry Esteve, Oregon DEQ, 503-951-3856, harry.esteve@deq.state.or.us

Local contacts
Curry County: Sherrié Ward, wards@co.curry.or.us, 541-247-3387
Josephine County: Jason Roberts, jroberts@co.josephine.or.us, 541-474-5151
Jackson County: Tanya Phillips, phillitf@jacksoncounty.org, 541-770-7708
Klamath County: Valeree Lane, vlane@klamathcounty.org, 541-851-3737
Lake County: Judy Clarke, jclarke@lakehealthdistrict.org, 541-947-6045, ext. 5
The Klamath Tribes: Zak Jackson, zakary.jackson@klamathtribes.com, 541-783-2219, ext. 184
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs: Tim Outman, tim.outman@ctwsbnr.org, 541-553-2016

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