Air Quality Advisories Extended to Almost All Oregon Counties

Only Coos and Curry counties have been spared air quality advisories throughout the entire state of Oregon as smoke from wildfires in Oregon, Washington, California and even British Columbia descends on the northwest.

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 10:34 AM
Updated: Aug 21, 2018 11:12 AM

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.

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."

For regular updates on air quality where you are, check out our article here. You can also go to the DEQ's website for their latest readings here.

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