Wildfires Cause Unhealthy Air Quality

EUGENE, Ore. — Smoke from fires burning in Oregon and California caused hazy skies and smoke to linger in the Willamette Valley this weekend. While conditions stick around, public health officials urged people to stay inside away from the smoke. Air quality conditions throughout Lane County caused some to cough, sneeze, and wheeze as conditions … Continue reading »

Room to Open to Escape Smoke in Oakridge

OAKRIDGE, 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, … Continue reading »

LRAPA Accused of Discrimination

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency is trying to clear the air over a recent complaint. Beyond Toxics filed an official complaint against LRAPA. It is upset over the decision to allow a power plant to increase its pollution in west Eugene. The complaint stems from a recent decision regarding particulate emissions … Continue reading »

NASA: US Air Quality Has Improved

(CNN) — Something major has changed for millions of Americans over the last decade, and many of us don’t even know it. The quality of the air we breathe has apparently improved dramatically. New satellite pictures from NASA dial back doom-and-gloom predictions about our air quality. The progression map shows, by at least one measure, … Continue reading »

LRAPA Issues Home Wood Heating Advisory

EUGENE, Ore. — People with breathing problems might have trouble the next few days because of an inversion in the Willamette Valley. When people start using wood burning stoves for heat, the quality of the air usually suffers, so Lane Regional Air Protection Agency issued a “yellow” home wood heating advisory. This means there’s an … Continue reading »

Wildfires Threaten Local Air Quality

EUGENE, Ore. — Fires burning in the state could affect air quality in Lane County. A shift in winds will increase the potential for smoke intrusions from the Douglas Complex and Whiskey wildfires into the Willamette Valley. Right now, the air quality in Eugene and Springfield area is good. But LRAPA predicts it could creep … Continue reading »

Glendale Food Services Cancelled

GLENDALE, Ore. – The Douglas County Health and Social Services announced it will temporarily close of the Glendale Senior Services Dining Site Thursday. The dining site located at Special People’s Depot, 176 Glendale Town Rd, will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the low air quality from the Douglas Complex wildfires’ smoke. Individuals regularly … Continue reading »

LRAPA Gives Possible Cause to Smelly Air

EUGENE, Ore. — Many residents in the Eugene area said they woke up to a bad stench in the air Tuesday morning and are wondering why. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says it’s difficult to detect the source of a smell. There are a number of factors that play into why you’d be smelling … Continue reading »

Kids in West Eugene Most Prone to Asthma

EUGENE, Ore. — A new study shows kids in West Eugene are breathing in toxins that are causing their lungs to not develop correctly, leading to asthma. For nine year old Stefani Medsker asthma has almost always been something she has to deal with. “It makes me feel sick, like my stomach starts hurting and … Continue reading »

Pollution Advisory for Willamette Valley

EUGENE, Ore. — High pollen counts in the Willamette Valley had many residents sneezing and feeling congested, and on Friday, the National Weather Service issued an advisory for air pollution. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says the heat brings higher concentrations of ground-level smog; for some people, that can trigger health problems like asthma, … Continue reading »

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