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Wildfire smoke from the Cedar Creek fire will worsen air quality in Lane County through Wednesday morning

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September 19

LANE COUNTY — Wildfire smoke from the Cedar Creek fire will worsen air quality in Lane County through Wednesday morning. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has issued an air quality advisory for Lane County through Wednesday morning.

In Eugene and Springfield, air quality of “unhealthy for sensitive groups” is expected in the mornings with improved air quality each afternoon. In Oakridge, air quality is likely to worsen to “hazardous” on the Air Quality Index. Young children, older adults, and people with heart or lung problems are especially vulnerable. With school back in session, it is important to consider public health guidance for school outdoor activities when scheduling time outdoors for children.

LRAPA recommends Lane County residents to close their doors and windows and run an air purifier to protect indoor air quality.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality also expects intermittent smoke in northern Klamath County through Wednesday. Air quality in Deschutes and Lake counties will likely remain good to moderate for next several days. Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. People most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and pregnant people.

Protect yourself and your family when smoke levels are high:
• Stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed. If it’s too hot, run air
conditioning on recirculate or consider moving to a cooler location.
• Avoid strenuous outdoor activity.

LRAPA Media Contact:

Travis Knudsen, Public Affairs Manager
541-736-1056 ext. 217
DEQ Media Contact:
Laura Gleim, Public Affairs Specialist

503-577-3697

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