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Updated: Air quality advisory for Deschutes, Josephine, eastern Douglas, Lane, Klamath and northern Lake counties [Aviso sobre la calidad del aire]

Quick Facts

Location: Deschutes, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, eastern Douglas, Klamath, and northern Lake counties

End Date: 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27

Smoke Source: Bedrock and Lookout fires in Oregon, fires in northern California

UPDATE: The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency expanded the air quality advisory on Friday to include all of Lane County. The advisory remains in effect through 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency issued an updated air quality advisory Thursday morning for Deschutes, Jackson, Josephine, eastern Lane, eastern Douglas, Klamath, and northern Lake counties. The advisory remains in effect through 4 p.m. Sunday.

Intermittent smoke could also bring poor air quality and haze to southeast Linn County and Eugene through Friday.

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:
Stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed. If it’s too hot, run air conditioning on recirculate or consider moving to a cooler location.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in indoor ventilation systems or portable air purifiers. 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.
When air quality improves to moderate or healthy (yellow or green on the Air Quality Index), open windows and doors to air out homes and businesses, if temperatures allow.
If you have a breathing plan for a medical condition, be sure to follow it and keep any needed medications refilled.

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.
Updated smoke outlooks
Local and Tribal contacts

Media contacts:

· DEQ: Dylan Darling, 541-600-6119,
· DEQ: Greg Svelund, 541-647-4194,
· LRAPA: Travis Knudsen, 541-736-1056 ext. 217,

Smoke rises from the northwest corner of the Bedrock Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023, in Lane County. Photo from InciWeb.