Air Quality Alert Issued for Josephine County


Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Pollution Advisory…in effect until 5 PM Sunday.

Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality levels to fluctuate and could be at unhealthy levels.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Friday morning for Curry and Josephine counties due to smoke from the Anvil and Smith River Complex fires.

The advisory lasts through Sunday night. DEQ also expects intermittent smoke in Jackson county, while other areas of the state may see intermittent smoke from ongoing large wildfires.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. People most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant people.

Keep windows and doors closed. If it’s too hot, run air conditioning on recirculate or consider moving to a cooler location. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Use high- efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in indoor ventilation systems or portable air purifiers.

Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels. When air quality improves to moderate or healthy, open windows and doors to air out homes and businesses. If you have a breathing plan for a medical condition, be sure to follow it and keep any needed medications refilled.

You can track this fire through our 2023 Wildfire Season partner’s Wildfire Aware app.

Source: DEQ

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