MEDFORD, Ore. — Air quality has diminished across the area. The smoke from the various fires burning across Southern Oregon has polluted the sky. With little wind and no big storm systems coming our way anytime soon, the smoke and haze across the area will likely linger through the next several days.
Much of Southern Oregon is under an AIR QUALITY ALERT until further notice due to the wildfire smoke and forecast conditions leading to generally unhealthy air.
To check air quality readings in real time, you can check out a map of locations here.
Air Quality Readings as of 9:20 AM Thursday:
-- HAZARDOUS --
-- VERY UNHEALTHY --
-- UNHEALTHY --
-- UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS (UFSG) --
-- MODERATE --
-- GOOD --
According to DEQ, pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases and aggravate other serious health conditions. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky. Consult a doctor and follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition.
Josephine County Public Health issued the following important notes on the use of respirators, such as N95 masks:
• Recognize that although they may filter out some fine particulate, they do not provide adequate protection from high concentrations of smoke and hazardous gases.
• Should only be used when fitted and trained by a qualified individual.
• Individuals with lung or heart disease, sufferers of chronic illness, or have ongoing breathing problems should consult their healthcare provider before using these devices due to potential complications.
• Due to inadequate sizing and protection these devices should NOT be used on young children.
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