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Room to Open to Escape Smoke in Oakridge

OAKRIDGE HAZEOAKRIDGE, Ore. — Lane County Emergency Management is opening a room in Oakridge Thursday, so people can get a break from smoke.

The air quality index has reached the “unhealthy” range for the first time this year in the Oakridge Area, because of wildfire smoke from the Deception Complex.

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, LRAPA, says while it’s “moderate” in the Eugene-Springfield area, it could climb to the “unsafe for sensitive groups” level.

Children, seniors and people with preexisting heart and lung conditions should stay indoors, or limit outdoor activity. Exposure to too much smoke could cause repeated coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing… Or tightness or pain in your chest.

The room to escape from the haze will be open Thursday August 28 and Friday August 27, from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. It’s in the Willamette Activity Center at 47674 School Street in Oakridge.

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