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Air quality improves around Oregon with fall rain

Air quality monitors around Oregon are showing improved air quality after the arrival of the first fall storm. Recent rain helped clear smoky skies around the state.

The change in weather brought relief to Oakridge and Westfir, cities in eastern Lane County nestled in the Cascades. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency lifted an air quality advisory for eastern Lane County on Monday following 37 days of air quality at or above USG, or "unhealthy for sensitive groups," in Oakridge and Westfir. Since September 1, smoke regularly sullied the air in the neighboring mountain towns.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality also lifted an air quality advisory on Monday for Deschutes County.

Smoke from the Cedar Creek Fire, burning between Oakridge and Waldo Lake, prompted the air quality advisories and many other advisories over the past couple of months. 

Wet weather cloaks the forest east of Oakridge on Oct. 24, 2022, as seen from a webcam on Dead Mountain. Photo from ALERT Wildfire.