NEWS RELEASE: Smoky conditions will likely affect Willamette Valley air quality until late Friday

August 3, 2017

Contacts: Melissa Navas, Multnomah County Communications Office, 971-371-0587,

                Matthew Van Sickle, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 503-229-6044,

                Jonathan Modie, Oregon Health Authority External Relations, 971-246-9139,

Wildfires across the state and western region continue to cause smoky conditions 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 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.

hazy sky in Portland, OregonThose 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 or call 503-229-5696.

Check the Oregon Smoke blog, for the latest on fires across the state:

To find a cooling center in Multnomah County, check out:

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Interactive Map of Cool Spaces