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News Release: Wildfire smoke back, air quality alert issued for Lane County

Drainage flows from the east have brought the wildfire smoke back into Lane County overnight. Air quality monitors in Eugene are seeing spikes into the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” levels Friday morning. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency is issuing an air quality advisory from Friday 9 a.m. until Sunday 6 p.m.

Wildfire smoke is more prominent this time of year, and the high temperatures have elevated fire danger around the state.

“Residents who are sensitive to smoke are advised to use caution when participating in outdoor activities or to wait out the smoke for a couple days,” said Jo Niehaus, spokesperson for the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency. “We are expecting more smoke impacts until Sunday when rain is predicted.”

Fine particles from smoke called PM 2.5 are easily inhaled and enter the bloodstream and lungs. It can aggravate existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions and is especially harmful to children and seniors.

LRAPA’s monitors are updated hourly and can be followed here: 

For More Information, Contact:
Jo Niehaus, 541-736-1056 ext. 217
LRAPA Public Affairs Manager