Smoke from Terwilliger Fire to return to Lane County this week

"Unfortunately we're going to be seeing smoke impact throughout the entire wildfire season," said Jo Niehaus.

Posted: Aug 26, 2018 7:25 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2018 7:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Terwilliger Fire burning in the Willamette National Forest has grown to 5,398 acres and is 1% contained.

Wind is pushing smoke from that wildfire out of Lane County, but experts said the hazy skies will be returning this week.

Jo Niehaus is the Public Affairs Manager with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency said the smoke is headed to Deschutes County.

She said Lane County will have clean air quality for the next day or so but come Tuesday, they're expecting the smoke to return.

"Unfortunately we're going to be seeing smoke impact throughout the entire wildfire season," said Niehaus. "We may be getting brief moments of relief like this weekend and it's great to go out and enjoy, but even then, there will be some intermittent intrusions with the wildfire smoke."

She said the smoke unhealthy for anyone to breath in: "If there are a lot of rigorous activities planned or games and we're getting a heavy impact, we encourage people to remove themselves...go inside preferablt somewhere there's air conditioning or circulating air that can be filtered," said Niehaus.

She said LRAPA installed two additional particulate matter air sensors in the McKenzie Bridge area to help monitor the air quality. 

To help keep the air in your home clean, you can purchase an air purifier or the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said you can make one, by taping a MERV13 or FPR10 filter to the back of a box fan. It's important to remember to turn off your "filter fan" when you leave the room and do not use it while sleeping or not at home.

For more information on wildfire smoke and health, click here.

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