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Air Quality Could Fall From 790 Fire

Grants Pass filled with smokeKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Air quality is suffering due to the Wildland Fire 790. Levels could potentially reach unhealthly levels and

Public health officials encourage residents to take precautions. Areas that are affected are the Klamath Basin, especially Chiloquin and Rocky Point. The fire is not contained and due to variations in the wind, hourly smoke concentrations will vary from good, to unhealthy.

Winds are expected to shift from out of the west, and this will cause the potential for smoke concentrations to jump into the unhealthy for all groups category tomorrow. Klamath County Public Health and the CDC (Center for Disease Control Prevention) recommends, citizens in the affected areas take the following precautions:

Keep up with AQI levels by visiting the Air Quality Index Page of the Oredon DEQ: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx. Or the California Real Time Smoke Monitoring website at: https://airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx.

Or, if you can’t access the websites, use familiar landmarks to check air quality in your area. If you are unable to see familiar landmarks five miles or less away, that means the air quality may be in the unhealthy category.

If unhealthy conditions are present:

  • Reduce the amount of time spent outdoors. 
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
  • Reduce other sources of indoor air pollution. 
  • Do not rely on dust masks for protection. 

For more information, contact your local health department to get the latest updates and tips for smoke inhalation prevention.