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Air quality advisory for Southern Josephine County



Location: Southern Josephine County

End date: Tuesday, Aug. 9

Smoke source: Wildfires in Northern California

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Monday through Tuesday for Southern Josephine County, including Cave Junction, due to smoke from wildfires in Northern California.

** Información en español **

DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last at least through Tuesday. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke in the area. Parts of Oregon close to active wildfires may also be impacted intermittently by smoke this week, such as Oakridge in eastern Lane County due to fires in the central Cascades.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, DEQ’s Air Quality Index, or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on 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 people.

Protect yourself and your family when smoke levels are high:

Cloth, dust and surgical masks don’t protect from the harmful particles in smoke. N95 or P100 respirators approved by NIOSH may offer protection, but they must be properly selected and worn. Select a NIOSH-approved respirator with a N, R, or P alongside the number 95, 99 or 100. Learn how to put on and use a respirator. Respirators won’t work for children as they don’t come in children’s sizes. People with heart or lung conditions should consult their health care provider before wearing a respirator.

Additional resources:

·       Find a cleaner air space in your area: Visit and search for “Wildfire Related Clean Air Shelters.” Or call 211 any time or day.

·       Learn more about protecting your health during wildfires

Media contacts:

·       Dylan Darling, DEQ public affairs specialist, 541-600-6119,

·       Local and Tribal contacts

Smoke rises from the McKinney Fire in Northern California on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022 Photo Credit: InciWeb.