SALEM, Ore. — Perhaps Southern Oregon attained dismal air quality readings "before it was cool," but the rest of the state has been quick to follow.
According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), air quality advisories that have plagued Southern Oregon for weeks are now extended to Central and Eastern Oregon, and have also reached into the northeastern Oregon counties—affecting even Salem and Portland.
— OR Smoke Blog (@ORSmokeBlog) August 20, 2018
Above and beyond the wildfires of Southern and Central Oregon and California, smoke from fires as far north as Washington and British Columbia has moved in to blanket the state. Currently, air quality in both Seattle and Portland is just as poor as it is in Medford—reading at "Unhealthy" levels.
Right now, visiting the Southern Oregon coastal counties seems to be the only way to escape the smoke within the state. Brookings has "Moderate" air quality readings and Gold Beach remains "Good."
We're seeing lots of unhealthy readings throughout the state. Check the latest conditions at https://t.co/UxNVU3xOIH. And view the latest statewide smoke forecast from @ORSmokeBlog below. https://t.co/VCrfddGG8F
— OregonDEQ (@OregonDEQ) August 20, 2018