Oregon Wildfire/Smoke Update 6/7/16
This weekend’s hot, dry weather made conditions ripe for wildfires and serves as a good reminder that wildfire season is underway in Oregon.
Currently the Owyhee Canyon wildfire is burning about 38 miles southwest of Jordan Valley. Estimates put the size of the remote fire at around 20,500 acres. The fire is about 50 percent contained, but wind and lightning today could slow containment efforts. For the latest information on wildfires in the state, including prescribed burns, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/38/.
High smoke levels can create health problems for even healthy people so remember to limit your exposure to smoke by keeping windows and doors closed and to reduce the time you spend in smoky areas and outdoors. The elderly, children and those with respiratory diseases can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of smoke. Find more tips and other resources at: http://public.health.oregon.gov/preparedness/prepare/pages/prepareforwildfire.aspx.
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