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Improved air in eastern Lane County and southwestern Deschutes County; good opportunity to open windows

  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and smoke forecasters predict brief periods of improved air quality for eastern Lane County and southwestern Deschutes County. When smoke levels drop into moderate (yellow) and good (green) categories, health officials encourage people in these areas to open up windows and begin clearing out their indoor air before the air quality worsens. The improved conditions may only last a few hours or days. When smoke levels become hazardous everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves. Be sure to close doors and windows when smoke reached unhealthy for sensitive groups or unhealthy based on your risk factors. Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions by visiting the  Oregon Smoke Information Blog , downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone, or going to on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s  AirNow . Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. Young

LRAPA extends air quality advisory for eastern Lane County due to wildfire smoke

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has extended an air quality advisory for eastern Lane County until further notice due to smoke from the Cedar Creek fire. The fire will continue to negatively affect air quality in Oakridge and Westfir because of their vicinity to the fire. In Oakridge, air quality is likely to vary between “unhealthy for sensitive groups” to “hazardous” on the Air Quality Index. Young children, older adults, and people with heart or lung problems are especially vulnerable. With school back in session, it is important to consider public health guidance for school outdoor activities when scheduling time outdoors for children. The southern Willamette Valley, including Eugene and Springfield will see “moderate” to “good” air quality. LRAPA recommends Oakridge and Westfir residents close their doors and windows and run an air purifier to protect indoor air quality. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality also expects intermittent smoke in northern Kla

LRAPA extends an air quality advisory for eastern Lane County through Friday morning

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has extended an air quality advisory for eastern Lane County through Friday morning due to smoke from the Cedar Creek fire. In Oakridge, air quality is likely to remain in “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” on the Air Quality Index. Young children, the elderly, and people with heart or lung problems are especially vulnerable. With school back in session, it is important to consider public health guidance for school outdoor activities when scheduling time outdoors for children. The southern Willamette Valley, including Eugene and Springfield will see “moderate” to “good” air quality. LRAPA recommends Oakridge and Westfir residents close their doors and windows and run an air purifier to protect indoor air quality. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality also expects intermittent smoke in northern Klamath County through Wednesday. Air quality in Deschutes and Lake counties will likely remain good to moderate for next several days.

Wildfire smoke from the Cedar Creek fire will worsen air quality in Lane County through Wednesday; intermittent smoke expected in northern Klamath County

Wildfire smoke from the Cedar Creek fire will worsen air quality in Lane County through Wednesday morning. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has issued an air quality advisory for Lane County through Wednesday morning. In Eugene and Springfield, air quality of “unhealthy for sensitive groups” is expected in the mornings with improved air quality each afternoon. In Oakridge, air quality is likely to worsen to “hazardous” on the Air Quality Index. Young children, older adults, and people with heart or lung problems are especially vulnerable. With school back in session, it is important to consider public health guidance for school outdoor activities when scheduling time outdoors for children. LRAPA recommends Lane County residents close their doors and windows and run an air purifier to protect indoor air quality. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality also expects intermittent smoke in northern Klamath County through Wednesday. Air quality in Deschutes and Lake co

Air quality advisory extended for parts of central Oregon; plus intermittent smoke expected in northeast

QUICK FACTS Location: Air quality advisory: Deschutes, northern Klamath, Lake, eastern Lane counties Smoke watch: Wallowa and Baker counties for intermittent smoke near fires End date : Monday, Sept. 19 Smoke source : Cedar Creek fire near Oakridge; Double Creek, Sturgill, Nebo fires in Wallowa Mountains The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency extended an air quality advisory Friday for Deschutes, northern Klamath, Lake, and eastern Lane counties through Monday, due to smoke primarily from the Cedar Creek fire near Oakridge. In northeast Oregon, areas in Wallowa and Baker counties near the Double Creek, Sturgill and Nebo fires will likely continue to have intermittent smoke impacts. DEQ and LRAPA expect the air quality advisory to last until at least Monday. Smoke in southern Lake County may clear by Saturday afternoon, but smoke will likely remain in the northern part of the county through the weekend. Check wildfire smoke outlooks for Or

Air quality advisory extended for parts of central and northeast Oregon

QUICK FACTS Location: Baker, Deschutes, northern Klamath, northern Lake, eastern Lane, Union, Wallowa counties. End date: Friday, Sept. 16, with potential to extend through the weekend. Smoke source: Cedar Creek and Double Creek fires. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency extended an air quality advisory Wednesday for Baker, Deschutes, northern Klamath, northern Lake, eastern Lane, Union, and Wallowa counties due to smoke from the Cedar Creek fire near Oakridge and the Double Creek fire near Imnaha. Crook, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Umatilla, and Wheeler counties have been removed from the advisory due to improving conditions. DEQ and LRAPA expect the air quality advisory to last until at least Friday, with potential to extend through the weekend depending on weather and fire activity. Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , DEQ’s Air Quality Index , or by dow

Air quality advisory for central, southeast and northeast Oregon [Aviso sobre la calidad del aire]

  QUICK FACTS Location: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, eastern Lane, Grant, Harney, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties End date: Wednesday, Sept. 14 Smoke source: Cedar Creek, Double Creek fires   The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Monday, Sept. 12, for Baker, Crook, Deschutes, eastern Lane, Grant, Harney, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties due to smoke primarily from the Cedar Creek fire near Oakridge and the Double Creek fire near Joseph .   At this time, Jackson, Josephine, Douglas and Curry counties are being removed from the advisory due to improving conditions.   ** Información en español **   DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Wednesday. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke in the area.   Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , DEQ’s

Air quality advisory for northeast and southwest Oregon [Aviso sobre la calidad del aire]

  QUICK FACTS Location: Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, eastern Lane, Malheur, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties End date: Monday, Sept. 12 Smoke source: Fires across Oregon and central Idaho   The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended its air quality advisory Saturday, Sept. 10, for Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, eastern Lane, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties due to smoke from fires across Oregon and central Idaho. DEQ expanded the advisory to include Malheur County.   ** Información en español **   DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Monday, Sept. 12. The advisory for Coos County ends today. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke in the area. Additionally, winds from the east may bring smoke to many northwestern counties on Saturday, including Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties.   Smoke

Air quality advisory for northeast and southwest Oregon [Aviso sobre la calidad del aire]

  QUICK FACTS Location:  Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties End date:  Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 Smoke source:  Fires across Oregon and in central Idaho The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency issued an air quality advisory Thursday   for Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties   due to smoke from fires across Oregon and in central Idaho . DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Saturday. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke in the area. ** Información en español ** Additionally, winds from the east may bring smoke to many northwestern counties on Saturday, including Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties. Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the  Oregon S

Oregon Smoke Outlooks

Find the latest smoke outlooks for Oregon. Outlooks are updated daily at the links below:  Central Oregon - Cedar Creek Fire Southwest Oregon - Rum Creek Fire These outlooks estimate the air quality at different times of day, showing when the smoke might be better or worse in those areas. Smoke outlooks are produced by the U.S. Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program .

Smoke impacts expected overnight in eastern Lane County including the Eugene/Springfield area

  Wildfire smoke will reduce air quality Tuesday and Wednesday morning in eastern Lane County, including Oakridge and the Eugene/Springfield area, according to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency .   In Eugene and Springfield, morning air quality may degrade to unhealthy for sensitive groups on the Air Quality Index. Sensitive groups include children, people over 65, pregnant women and people with heart disease or respiratory conditions. In Oakridge, air quality may degrade to unhealthy on the Air Quality Index. Smoke from multiple wildfires is affecting air quality in many parts of Oregon. Air quality advisories remain in effect for the following counties until further notice: Klamath, Josephine, Jackson, Curry, Lake, Deschutes and Wallowa. DEQ also expects intermittent moderate to unhealthy smoke in Central and Northeastern Oregon through at least Tuesday de to localized impacts from nearby fires. This includes Baker, eastern Grant, Malheur, northern Harney and southern Douglas

Air quality advisory for Klamath, Lake, Deschutes and Wallowa counties [Aviso sobre la calidad del aire]

  QUICK FACTS Location: Klamath, Lake, Deschutes, Wallowa End date: Until further notice Smoke source: Multiple fires The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Saturday for Klamath, Lake, Deschutes and Wallow counties, due to smoke from multiple fires, including Cedar Creek and Rum Creek fires. ** Información en español ** DEQ also expects intermittent moderate to unhealthy smoke in Central and Northeastern Oregon through at least Tuesday due to localized impacts from nearby fires. This includes, Baker, eastern Grant, eastern Lane, Malheur, northern Harney and southern Douglas counties.   The smoke advisory for Josephine, Jackson and Curry counties remains in effect. Check Oregon’s  daily smoke outlooks  to see what times of day smoke might be better or worse in Southwest, Eastern and Central Oregon.   Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog , DEQ’s Air Q

Air quality advisory extended for Curry, Jackson, Josephine counties; intermittent smoke expected in Central and Northeastern Oregon

QUICK FACTS Location: Advisory in effect for Curry, Jackson, Josephine counties. Smoke watch for Wallowa, Baker, eastern Grant, Deschutes, eastern Lane, and southern Douglas counties for intermittent smoke from nearby fires. End date: Until further notice for Southwest Oregon. Through Tuesday for Central and Northeast Oregon Smoke source: Fires throughout Oregon The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality advisory Thursday for Curry, Jackson and Josephine counties due to intermittent periods of heavy smoke from the Rum Creek Fire expected in the area for the foreseeable future. DEQ also expects intermittent moderate to unhealthy smoke in Central and Northeastern Oregon through at least Tuesday due to localized impacts from nearby fires. This includes Wallowa, Baker, eastern Grant, Deschutes, eastern Lane, and southern Douglas counties. Check Oregon’s daily smoke outlooks to see what times of day smoke might be better or worse in Southwest and Central Orego