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DEQ issues advisory due to stagnant air in Oregon

The advisory includes the Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge through The Dalles, Central Oregon and southwest Washington.

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 4:07 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory due to stagnant air conditions.

The advisory includes the Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge through The Dalles, Central Oregon and southwest Washington.  It was issued in partnership with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency and Southwest Clean Air Agency.

Officials said wood smoke is getting trapped near the ground where people breathe.

You can check current air quality conditions using KEZI 9 News’ tracker or the DEQ’s website. You can also download the OregonAir app.

Several local wood-burning restrictions are in place, limiting the use of wood stoves, fireplaces and outdoor burning. Typically, there are economic exclusions from these requirements. Check with your local agency for current restrictions.

Residents can take the following steps to protect their health:

  • Follow local burn restrictions to prevent deteriorating air quality.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions.
  • Those with heart or lung problems, as well as young children, are especially vulnerable. These people should stay indoors while smoke levels are high.
  • Use certified HEPA filters in indoor heating and ventilation systems. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air filters.
  • Avoid wood-burning stoves and use other sources of indoor heat if possible.

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