Air Quality Advisory
With wildfires blazing in nearly every direction, local air conditions have reached unhealthy levels for everyone.
Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a statewide air quality advisory. Southwest winds will continue to bring heavy smoke into our area for the next few days and people are advised to stay indoors.
How bad is the air around you?
Normally, you can check air quality in your area via the DEQ’s Air Quality Index (AQI) or OregonAir app, but both are experiencing technical difficulties due to the surge in user volume. For now, you can check air conditions at the EPA’s AirNow website. There’s also a dedicated Oregon Smoke Information blog and DEQ-managed Twitter account (@ORSmokeInfo) to stay updated.
With smoke levels this high, even healthy people could be affected. Stay inside if you can. Keep windows and doors closed. Avoid frying or boiling food, which can affect indoor air quality. If you have to venture out, run your car’s air conditioning on recirculate mode to avoid pulling in smoky air. Small children, pregnant women, and those with heart and lung conditions should take extra care to avoid time outdoors until air quality improves.
Children with asthma should have a current and filled prescription for a rescue inhaler (ideally in advance of wildfire season). Outdoor exercise is especially risky right now, so please move workouts indoors while the advisory is in effect.
Contact your primary care provider if you are experiencing any airway concerns or distress. Our advice team is also available for any questions and to help determine whether a virtual or in-office visit is needed.
Learn more about the dangers of wildfire smoke and how you can protect your family at www.healthoregon.org/wildfires.