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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

Oregon Smoke Outlook

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

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