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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 up to the moderate level Wednesday.

“It really depends on if we get upper atmosphere winds that bring the smoke up high in the valley or surface winds that bring it to ground level where our monitors will detect the smoke,” said Sally Markos, LRAPA Spokeswoman.

Residents who are sensitive to pollution or have respiratory problems are advised to use caution when participating in outdoor activities.

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