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Oregon Smoke Outlooks

SUNDAY UPDATE: Smoky conditions to return to Lake County this afternoon

We expect smoke to return to parts of Lake County this afternoon and linger until tomorrow. Previously we had called for the air quality advisory for the area to end on Saturday, but conditions have changed since then. We will post more updates on Monday.

A shift in winds has brought wildfire smoke into parts of SW Curry County (near Brookings) and the Linn/Marion County line (near Lyons and Mill City). This smoke will dissipate later today. Smoke will return to SW Oregon tomorrow morning and could likely impact Curry and Josephine Counties for part of the day before clearing out. Our team will be monitoring it and posting updates as needed. Although air quality is fluctuating, an air quality advisory remains in effect for Jackson, Klamath, and Deschutes counties.

Air quality conditions can change rapidly. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Blog, DEQ’s Air Quality Index or by downloading the free OregonAir app for your smartphone.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. People most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant women.

Protect yourself and your family when smoke levels are high:

  • Stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
  • Use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in indoor ventilation systems or portable air purifies. Or create your own air purifying filter by following these instructions.
  • Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels.
  • If you have heart or lung disease or asthma, follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

Cloth, dust and surgical masks don’t protect from the harmful particles in smokeN95 or P100 respirators approved by NIOSH may offer protection, but they must be properly fitted and worn. They won’t work for everyone, especially children. People with heart or lung conditions should consult their doctor before wearing a respirator. Get more information about protecting your health during wildfires.