senior womanWildfires across the state and western region continue to cause smoky conditions that can pose a health risk to certain people.

Please check on your neighbors who may be older or have disabilities to see if they need assistance. Your act of kindness and concern could be an important factor in keeping your neighbors safe.

If older adults or people with disabilities have non-emergency health or service needs you can call the ADRC Helpline at 503-988-3646.

Multnomah County Health Department is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Environmental Quality to urge residents to take precautions as heat and smoky conditions create poor air quality. Small particles from wildfire smoke and ozone near the ground from car exhaust and very hot air can irritate the eyes, throat and lungs.

To avoid breathing problems or other symptoms when the air quality is poor, stay inside and if outdoors, avoid intense activity.

Anyone with lung problems such as asthma or emphysema should follow their disease management plans, have medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.

Staying informed

  • If you are planning on traveling, check conditions prior to leaving. Haze can result in decreased visibility and longer travel times.
  • Check media outlets throughout the weekend for updates on heat and air quality.
  • DEQ has issued an ozone advisory for the area. Click here for actions you can take to reduce ozone.
  • Check the current local air quality conditions on DEQ’s website or call 503-229-6397.
  • Check the Oregon Smoke blog, for the latest on fires across the state.

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