Air Quality Alerts Across Southern Oregon

Smoke and haze will continue to be an issue downwind from area fires. Here's a look at air quality in your area.

Posted: Aug. 16, 2018 5:43 PM
Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 10:59 PM

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) -- 

Selma

Cave Junction

 -- MODERATE -- 

Happy Camp

Fort Jones

McCloud

 

 -- GOOD -- 

Crescent City

Brookings

Gold Beach 

Agness

Merlin

Grants Pass

Medford

Ashland

Applegate

Shady Cove

Hornbrook

Yreka

Dunsmuir

McDoel

Tulelake

Weed

Mount Shasta

Chiloquin

Klamath Falls

Lakeview

 

 

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.

Article Comments

Medford
Broken Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 69°
Brookings
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 64°
Crater Lake
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 69°
Grants Pass
Clear
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Hi: 71° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 66°
Klamath Falls
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 69°
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