Read "Smoke, ash from the Eagle Creek fire, and high heat make for unhealthy air in the Willamette Valley through at least Wednesday evening" for more up-to-date information on air quality and health tips
Wildfires across the state and western region continue to cause smoky conditions that can pose a health risk to certain people.
Wind patterns will blow smoke into Multnomah County beginning Saturday with a more significant return of smoky conditions on Monday. Conditions through Monday may range from moderate to unhealthy.
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.
Those at higher risk of health problems from poor air quality include:
People with chronic lung or heart conditions
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.
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 (http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/) or call 503-229-6397.
Check the Oregon Smoke blog, for the latest on fires across the state: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
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