MEDFORD, Ore. — Air quality is being impacted in our area again due to the smoke from the devastating wildfires down in California. Smoky and hazy conditions will persist, but we are expecting improvements with the smoke as we go through the weekend.
Much of Southern Oregon is under an AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY through 4 AM Wednesday for areas west of the Cascades and until 4 AM Tuesday for areas east of the Cascades. Very light winds and poor mixing is allowing pollutants and smoke to accumulate linger near the surface. This will continue to impact air quality and create hazy skies for Southern Oregon and Northern California.
To check air quality readings in real time, you can check out a map of locations here.
Air Quality Readings as of 11:30 PM Monday, November 19th:
-- 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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