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Checking and Understanding Air Quality

Being aware of the air quality and what each of the categories mean.

Posted: Aug. 20, 2018 6:34 PM
Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 6:36 PM

People and dogs a like were able to enjoy the fresh air on Monday.

According to the DEQ the air quality Monday has been moderate and unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Katherine Benenati the Spokesperson for the Oregon department of environmental quality says if you look at the map every dot represents an air quality monitor. The map can be found at: https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map

Each hour the DEQ updates this air quality. Its color coded from green is good to maroon for hazardous.

Benenati says orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions, red is unhealthy and that is unhealthy for everyone.

The categories are made by tracking particulate matter and particle pollution from the wildfire smokes and conditions can change very rapidly depending on weather and depending on fire activity.

If you are outside you should be taking precautions like wearing a mask and limiting time outside.

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