NEWS RELEASE: Regional forest fires still affecting Willamette Valley air quality

August 8, 2017

Wildfires across the state and region may cause smoky conditions tonight and Wednesday that can pose a health risk to certain people.

Multnomah County Health Department is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Environmental Quality to urge residents to take precautions as wind patterns and smoky conditions create poor air quality. Small particles from wildfire smoke can irritate the eyes, throat and lungs.

Those at higher risk of health problems from poor air quality include:

  • People with chronic lung or heart conditions
  • The elderly
  • Children

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

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.

Check the current local air quality conditions on DEQ’s website (http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx) or call 503-229-5696.

Check the  Oregon Smoke blog, for the latest on fires across the state: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Contact: Julie Sullivan-Springhetti, julie.sullivan-springhetti@multco.us