MEDFORD, Ore. — Due to the unhealthy air quality levels from the forest fires, officials are distributing free respirator masks.
Free respirators are now available to the general public at the locations and times below. The respirators at Jackson County Public Health were donated by the Red Cross and AllCare.
Red Cross at 60 Hawthorne St, Medford. Open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Jackson County Public Health at 1005 E. Main St, Medford. Open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Douglas County Health and Social Services said smoke concentrations in the Douglas Complex Fire area have been measured at a level considered Very Unhealthy.
Free respirator masks are available at the following locations:
Glenway Store, Molly Street, Glendale
Glendale City Hall, 124 3rd Street, Glendale
DEQ and local county health departments urge residents to take the following precautions to avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:
Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places with highest concentrations.
Residents can check the current local air quality conditions on DEQ’s website at www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/ or call 503-229-6397. Avoid outdoor activities when air quality is unhealthy and hazardous.
To avoid smoke either leave the area or protect yourself by staying indoors, closing as many windows and doors as possible without letting your home overheat, and using a filter in your heating or cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions. Young children and persons with heart or lung problems are especially vulnerable.
Persons suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their health care providers.
DEQ’s Air Quality Index, for current air quality conditions: www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/
Oregon Smoke blog, for the latest on fires across the state: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/