MEDFORD, Ore. — Air quality continues to be impacted by area wildfires, mainly downwind from the fires that are still burning. The smoke from the various fires burning across Southern Oregon has been polluting the skies. As long as these fires continue to burn, we will continue to see some impacts periodically to air quality and even visibility.
To check air quality readings in real time, you can check out a map of locations here.
Air Quality Readings as of 1100 PM Tuesday, September 11th:
-- HAZARDOUS --
-- VERY UNHEALTHY --
-- UNHEALTHY --
-- UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS (UFSG) --
-- MODERATE --
-- GOOD --
According to DEQ, pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases and aggravate other serious health conditions. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky. Consult a doctor and follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition.
Josephine County Public Health issued the following important notes on the use of respirators, such as N95 masks:
• Recognize that although they may filter out some fine particulate, they do not provide adequate protection from high concentrations of smoke and hazardous gases.
• Should only be used when fitted and trained by a qualified individual.
• Individuals with lung or heart disease, sufferers of chronic illness, or have ongoing breathing problems should consult their healthcare provider before using these devices due to potential complications.
• Due to inadequate sizing and protection these devices should NOT be used on young children.
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