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Thinking Ahead: Preparing for Wildfire Season

Tomorrow is National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and wildfire season is right around the corner so we're taking this opportunity to remind you about the importance or preparation and to share some resources you can bookmark for wildfire season:

Check out this wildfire safety checklist from the American Red Cross and these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Air Quality Index provides current air quality conditions at more than 30 monitors around the state. The AQI is a color-coded tool that allows you to gauge how healthy the air is at specific sites and what, if any, health precautions you should take.
Wildfire smoke can be a particular concern to the elderly, children and those with respiratory conditions, but high levels of pollution can affect everyone.

The Oregon Health Authority has some great resources on how you can stay healthy during wildfire season including these frequently asked questions on wildfire smoke and your health.

Some of their advice includes:
  • Pay attention to local air quality reports. 
  • Refer to visibility guides if they are available. 
  • If you are advised to stay indoors, keep indoor air as clean as possible.
We know last year was a tough wildfire season in Oregon and that dealing with long periods of smoke is exhausting. We'll be sharing more information as the wildfire season draws nearer and will share forecasts, advisories and more during the season. So if you haven't already, go ahead and bookmark this site too.