Willamette Valley Air Quality Ranks Moderate

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s wildfire season, and a few are burning in southern Oregon and Idaho.

They might seem far away, but they’re having an impact here.

Experts at the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency say air quality is at its worst in Springfield and in Amazon Park.

Tuesday was the first time this summer that air quality has dropped from good to moderate.

We’re used to a little summertime haze in the Willamette Valley, especially when temperatures near 90 degrees, but Sally Markos from LRAPA says this time around is a little different.

“There are agricultural operations going on right now, so it’s putting dust into the air. So we do have a combination of smoke from wildfires and dust from ag operations that are making things look hazy right now,” Markos said.

Markos says it’s not as bad as you might think, but it is enough to be aware of your air, especially when exercising.

She says the pollution can be tough on elderly people and infants, as well as anyone with existing medical conditions.

If you fall into one of those categories, try to stay inside and lay off most exercise until the air clears.

Markos says we could be seeing patterns of this sub-par air quality throughout the summer, especially during wildfire season.

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