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UPDATE: Crook and Deschutes counties added to air quality advisory


Air quality advisory for Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Jackson and Josephine counties


Date: Sept. 17, 2023

UPDATE: Deschutes, Crook counties added to air quality advisory through Sunday night [Aviso sobre la calidad del aire]


Location: Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Jackson and Josephine counties

End date: Through Sunday night, Sept. 17

Smoke source: Anvil, Smith River Complex, Bedrock and Lookout fires


** Información en español **


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Friday morning for Curry and Josephine counties due to smoke from the Anvil and Smith River Complex fires. Crook and Deschutes counties have been added to the advisory. The advisory lasts through Sunday night.

DEQ also expects other areas of south and central Oregon may see intermittent smoke from ongoing large wildfires. 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 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:

·       DEQ: Harry Esteve, 503-951-3856,

·       Local and Tribal contacts