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Air quality advisory for Southern Josephine County

  QUICK FACTS Location: Southern Josephine County End date: Tuesday, Aug. 9 Smoke source: Wildfires in Northern California The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Monday through Tuesday for Southern Josephine County, including Cave Junction, due to smoke from wildfires in Northern California . ** Información en español ** DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last at least through Tuesday. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke in the area. Parts of Oregon close to active wildfires may also be impacted intermittently by smoke this week, such as Oakridge in eastern Lane County due to fires in the central Cascades. 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 in

Update: Air quality advisory lifted for Jackson and Klamath counties

Updated Aug. 4, 2022 The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality lifted an air quality advisory Thursday for Jackson and Klamath counties due to improved smoke conditions and a favorable weekend weather forecast. Fires around Oregon and Northern California may still cause localized smoke impacts. Published 11:53 a.m. July 31, 2022 The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Sunday, July 31 through Friday, Aug. 5 for Jackson and Klamath Counties due to smoke from the McKinney fire in Siskiyou County, near Yreka, CA.  ** Información en español. ** DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Friday, Aug. 5. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke in the area. 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 medi

Wildfire smoke trends show summertime air quality is worsening

The 2021 wildfire season continued a pattern of more acres burned in Oregon creating poor air quality for longer periods of time. These are among the findings in a newly updated report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The annual report, Wildfire Smoke Trends and the Air Quality Index, tracks data from DEQ’s air monitoring stations as well as information from other state and national sources on wildfires. The report shows that the number of days in which Oregon air quality rates as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” or worse continues to grow over time. “Sensitive groups” include older adults, pregnant women, young children and those with lung or respiratory disease. So far this year, Oregon has yet to see significant air quality issues from wildfires, but 2021 was emblematic of the trend. Smoke from the Bootleg Fire and other major fires contributed to multiple days throughout the state when the air quality was rated between unhealthy for sensitive groups and haz