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News Release: Willamette Valley residents urged to take precautions due to wildfire smoke

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are offering Oregonians ways to recognize poor air quality conditions and tips to stay healthy and safe during fire season.
Wildfires across the state are creating hazardous and smoky conditions. Smoke from several fires started by lightning strikes over the weekend and larger fires already burning in the region may continue to drift into Oregon communities and rapidly degrade air quality.
“People with chronic lung or heart conditions, the elderly, and children have higher risk of health problems from the fine particles in wildfire smoke,” said Richard Leman, M.D., OHA public health physician. “People who suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions should follow their disease management plans, keep medications on hand, and contact health care providers if necessary.

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