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News Release: Smoke intrusion from California wildfire influences Klamath’s air quality

July 23, 2018

Contact: Ramona Quinn,  Erin Schulten, 541.882.8846

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Smoke intrusion from regional wildfires has created hazardous air quality concerns in Klamath County. The air quality outlook from 8 a.m. today Monday, July 23, to 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, is expected to be in the range of unhealthy to hazardous to all.

The Weather Service is forecasting west, southwest and northwest winds during the for today and tomorrow , which may increase the already hazardous conditions we are experiencing now in the Klamath Basin. Forecast models indicate that the smoke may remain in the area into Wednesday morning. Sensitive groups, such as people with asthma, should avoid all physical activity outdoors. 

Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Consider moving activities indoors or rescheduling to a time when air quality is better.  

Weather conditions and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires, not only from one day to the next but on an hourly basis. Smoke may also impact one portion of a community but not another.

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