Air quality alerts & updates for Southern Oregon and Northern California

Prescribed burns and little wind is making for hazy skies and also reducing air quality at times for parts of the area.

Posted: Jul 25, 2019 9:35 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2019 11:47 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — High pressure, light winds and smoke from area prescribed burns and wood-burning stoves are leading to air quality issues across Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Be sure to stay up to date on air quality with StormWatch 12.

To check air quality readings in real time, you can check out a map of locations here.

Air Quality Readings as of 11:45 AM Tueday, October 15th:


 -- HAZARDOUS --

Chiloquin

 -- VERY UNHEALTHY -- 

 -- UNHEALTHY --

 -- UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS (UFSG) -- 

 -- MODERATE -- 

Cave Junction

Etna

Grants Pass

Happy Camp

Klamath Falls

Lakeview

Medford

Montague

Roseburg

 -- GOOD --

Ashland

Ft. Jones

Shady Cove

Yreka

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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Medford
Clear
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Hi: 61° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 37°
Brookings
Clear
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Hi: 60° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 42°
Crater Lake
Clear
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Hi: 48° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 23°
Grants Pass
Clear
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Hi: 58° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 32°
Klamath Falls
Clear
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Hi: 54° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 23°
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