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Air quality advisory for southern Curry County and parts of western Josephine County

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory on Monday, July 17, 2023 for southern Curry County and parts of western Josephine County due to smoke from the Flat Fire.

DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Wednesday, July 19.

DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke in the area.

DEQ expects intermittent smoke throughout the area. Air quality may deteriorate during evening hours. Residents are advised to keep windows closed overnight.

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Location: Southern Curry County, parts of western Josephine County
End date: Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Smoke source: Flat Fire

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.

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Flat Fire near Agness on July 15, 2023. The fire started near Oak Flat Campground along the Illinois River. Photo from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.