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Air quality advisories for Central Oregon, Southern Oregon and Southeastern Oregon

QUICK FACTS Location: Deschutes, Harney, Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Malheur counties End date: Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 1 Smoke source: Fires in the Oregon Cascades and Northern California The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Monday extended air quality advisories for Deschutes, Jackson and Klamath and issued air quality advisories, Harney, Lake and Malheur counties due to smoke from wildfires in the Oregon Cascades and Northern California. ** Información en español   ** The following areas are under advisory: •            Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties until at least Wednesday afternoon for heavy smoke impacts. •            Harney and Malheur until at least Wednesday afternoon due to intermittent smoke impacts. There will also be localized smoke impacts near the Bull Complex fire, likely affecting the areas of Detroit, Lyons and Mill City, and the Middle Fork Complex fire, likely affecting, the areas of Fall Creek and Oakridge. Daily smo

Oregon Smoke Outlooks

SUNDAY UPDATE: Smoky conditions to return to Lake County this afternoon We expect smoke to return to parts of Lake County this afternoon and linger until tomorrow. Previously we had called for the air quality advisory for the area to end on Saturday, but conditions have changed since then. We will post more updates on Monday. A shift in winds has brought wildfire smoke into parts of SW Curry County (near Brookings) and the Linn/Marion County line (near Lyons and Mill City). This smoke will dissipate later today. Smoke will return to SW Oregon tomorrow morning and could likely impact Curry and Josephine Counties for part of the day before clearing out. Our team will be monitoring it and posting updates as needed. Although air quality is fluctuating, an air quality advisory remains in effect for Jackson, Klamath, and Deschutes counties. Air quality conditions can change rapidly. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Blog,  DEQ’s Air Quality Index  or by downloading the free Orego

Update: Air quality advisory extended for Jackson, Klamath, Deschutes, Lake counties

QUICK FACTS UPDATE - Aug. 26: DEQ extended the air quality advisory to include southern Lake County, including Lakeview, through Saturday afternoon.  Location: Jackson, Klamath, Deschutes and southern Lake counties. End date: Monday afternoon, Aug. 30 for Jackson, Klamath, Deschutes; Saturday afternoon, Aug. 28 for southern Lake. Smoke source: Fires in the Oregon Cascades and Northern California. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality advisory for Jackson, Klamath, Deschutes and southern Lake counties due to smoke from wildfires in the Oregon Cascades and Northern California. ** Información en español ** The following areas are under advisory: Jackson, Klamath and Deschutes counties until at least Monday afternoon. Southern Lake County until Saturday afternoon. Daily smoke forecasts for Southern Oregon , Klamath Falls and Lane and Deschutes counties are available from the US Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program . These forecasts pro

Air quality advisory extended for Southern and Central Oregon

QUICK FACTS Location: Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Deschutes counties End date: Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 25, possibly longer Smoke source: Fires in the Southern Oregon Cascades and Northern California The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality advisory Monday for Southern and Central Oregon due to smoke from fires in the Southern Oregon Cascades and Northern California. Smoke is mostly affecting communities near and downwind of existing fires. ** Información en español ** Counties under advisory are Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Deschutes. Douglas and Curry counties may also experience intermittent smoke. DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Wednesday afternoon. Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , DEQ’s Air Quality Index , or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone. Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen s

Air quality advisory for intermittent smoke all areas east of Cascades plus Jackson County

QUICK FACTS Location : All areas east of the Oregon Cascades plus Jackson County End date: Monday, Aug. 23 afternoon, potentially longer Smoke source : Wildfires in Oregon and Southern Washington The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Friday for all areas east of the Oregon Cascades plus Jackson County due to intermittent smoke from wildfires in Oregon and Southern Washington. ** Información en español ** DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Monday afternoon. DEQ advises people to monitor their local air quality over the weekend. Winds may move smoke quickly in or out of communities. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , DEQ’s Air Quality Index , or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone. The US Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program is also producing daily smoke forecasts for the Southern Oregon and Lane and Deschutes counties . These forecasts provide estimat

UPDATE: Air quality advisory extended to Jackson, Klamath, Deschutes counties

QUICK FACTS Location: Jackson, Klamath, Deschutes counties End date : Friday afternoon, possibly longer Smoke source : Fires in the Oregon Cascades (Devil’s Knob, Rough Patch Complex, Bull Complex, Middle Fork Complex) and Southern Washington (Schneider Springs Fire) The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality advisory Thursday for Jackson, Klamath and Deschutes counties due to smoke from fires in the Oregon Cascades and Southern Washington. ** Información en español ** DEQ expects smoke levels to fluctuate between moderate and unhealthy in these areas through at least tomorrow. Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , DEQ’s Air Quality Index , or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone. Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. People most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults a

Air quality advisory for Northeastern Jackson County

QUICK FACTS Location: Northeastern Jackson County End date: Friday afternoon, possibly longer Smoke source : Devil’s Knob Complex and other fires in the Southern Oregon Cascades The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality advisory Wednesday for Northeastern Jackson County due to smoke from fires in the Southern Oregon Cascades. DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Friday afternoon. ** Información en español ** Air quality is good in most other parts of the state and should remain that way for at least the next several days. Oregon Health Authority officials advise people to refill inhalers and air out homes and businesses when smoke levels improve to moderate or healthy (yellow or green on the Air Quality Index). Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , DEQ’s Air Quality Index , or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone. Smoke can irritate

DEQ podcast covers wildfire smoke and air quality in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday launched a podcast called GreenState , and the show's first episodes focus on wildfire smoke and air quality. In the “Where There’s Smoke” series, GreenState looks at the past, present and future of air quality and wildfire smoke in light of recent smoky summers throughout Oregon. The first two episodes are available through SoundCloud and most anywhere you get your podcasts, and the third episode will be available in mid-September. DEQ public affairs specialists Lauren Wirtis and Dylan Darling host GreenState and will use the podcast to take deep dives into issues that affect the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water. The show will include voices from DEQ, other agencies and more. “This is one more way we are reaching the public with some excellent and useful information,” said DEQ Communications Manager Harry Esteve. “Podcasts are becoming one of the most popular ways to learn more about the world, and we are happy to c

UPDATE: Air quality advisory extended for Klamath, Lake, Jackson counties

QUICK FACTS Location : Klamath, Lake, Jackson counties End date : Wednesday midday, possibly longer Smoke source : Fires in Southern Oregon The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality advisory for Klamath, Lake and Jackson counties through Wednesday midday due to smoke from fires in Southern Oregon. ** Información en español ** Air quality should remain good in most of Jackson County today, but the northeastern part of the county is experiencing unhealthy levels of smoke. Tomorrow, the entire county is likely to experience smoke. Klamath and Lake counties also continue to experience unhealthy levels of smoke. Central Oregon saw dense smoke last night, but it is dissipating, and air quality should continue to improve today. Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , DEQ’s Air Quality Index , or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone. Smoke can irritate the eyes and

Air quality advisory extended for Klamath and Lake counties through Tuesday morning

QUICK FACTS Location : Klamath and Lake counties End date: Tuesday morning, Aug. 17 Smoke source:  Patton Meadow Fire and other fires in the Fox Complex The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality advisory Monday for Klamath and Lake counties through Tuesday morning due to smoke from fires in Southern Oregon. Air quality improved overnight in many areas of Oregon, which had experienced smoke for the past several days. DEQ and partner agencies expect air quality in the state to continue improving tonight and tomorrow. Health officials advise people to air out homes and businesses when smoke levels improve to moderate or healthy (yellow or green on the Air Quality Index). Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , DEQ’s Air Quality Index , or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone. Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. People most a

Most of Oregon under air quality advisory due to wildfire smoke and ozone

QUICK FACTS Location: Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon End date: Monday, Aug. 16 Smoke source: Fires in Oregon, Washington, California and Canada The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Southwest Clean Air Agency and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency issued and extended air quality advisories Friday for many parts of Oregon due to smoke from fires in Oregon, Washington, California and Canada, as well as smog in metro areas. ** Información en español ** DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until a least noon Monday. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor wildfire smoke and ozone pollution, or smog, in these areas. The following areas are under advisory: Willamette Valley : Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, Lane, Linn and Marion counties due to ozone pollution. Wildfire smoke is also impacting eastern Lane County. Central Oregon: Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties due to smoke. Eastern Oregon : Baker

Air quality advisory for Southern Oregon, Eastern Lane and Linn counties, plus fluctuating smoke in other parts of state

QUICK FACTS Location : Southern Oregon and Eastern Lane and Linn counties End date : Friday, Aug. 13 Smoke source : Fires in Oregon and Northern California The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency issued an air quality advisory Tuesday for Southern Oregon and Eastern Lane and Linn counties due to unhealthy levels of smoke from fires in the Oregon Cascades and Northern California. **  Información en español  ** Other areas of the state, including Northeastern, Central and Northwestern Oregon, may also experience intermittent periods of smoke and haze, but likely won’t experience prolonged periods of unhealthy smoke. DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Friday afternoon. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke in these areas. The following areas are under advisory: Southern Oregon : Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, and Eastern Douglas counties may have unhealthy levels of smoke for at least the

Good weekend to get outside in Oregon

Air quality is good today throughout most of Oregon, and it should stay that way through the weekend. Areas near local fires may continue to experience fluctuating levels of moderate to unhealthy smoke. This includes the Oakridge and Medford areas and other areas throughout the Cascades. Oregon’s wildfire smoke team expects more smoke to return to the state mid next week. Health officials recommend people refill inhalers and other medications while the air quality is good. Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, DEQ’s Air Quality Index , or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone.

Air quality advisory for Southern, Central, Northeastern Oregon

QUICK FACTS Location: Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, Northeastern Oregon, Central Columbia River Gorge End date: Friday, Aug. 6 morning Smoke sources : Fires in Oregon and Northern California The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Wednesday for Southern, Central and Northeastern Oregon due to smoke from fires in Oregon and Northern California. ** Información en español ** Areas under advisory: Southern Oregon : Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Douglas counties Southern Willamette Valley : Lane and Linn counties Central Oregon : Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties Northeastern Oregon : Wallowa, Baker and Union counties Central Columbia River Gorge : Umatilla, Morrow, Sherman, Gilliam and Wasco counties DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until Friday morning. Northeastern Oregon and the Central Columbia River Gorge area may see improvements today, with fluctuating smoke through Thur

Oregon OSHA adopts emergency rules protecting workers against wildfire smoke

Oregon OSHA Press Release Media contact: Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer, 971-718-6973, aaron.corvin@oregon.gov Salem, OR — Moving to increase protections for workers against the effects of climate change, Oregon OSHA is adopting two new and distinct emergency rules. One puts protections in place against the hazards of wildfire smoke. Another establishes safeguards against high heat in employer-provided housing. The wildfire smoke rule encompasses a variety of exposure controls, training and information, and other measures. The heat rule applies to occupants of housing provided by employers. It requires access to cooling areas and other steps to minimize dangerous heat in housing units. Both rules take effect Aug. 9 and remain in effect for 180 days. The rules reflect those provisions Oregon OSHA believes can be put in place immediately and are based largely on input from labor and employer stakeholders. “These rules underscore our ongoing work to bolster Oregon’s ability to