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Air Quality Advisory Issued for Jackson County: Please Take Precautions

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended an air quality advisory Monday for Curry, Jackson and Josephine counties due to smoke from the Rum Creek Fire in Southern Oregon. See smoke outlooks here and in this recent video.

DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Thursday. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke for impacted area. Follow health recommendations and take actions posted to SmokewiseAshland.org

People most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant people.

Be Smoke Aware
Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. 
  1. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog
  2. See DEQ’s Air Quality Index
  3. Download the free OregonAIR app 
  4. See the Purple Air Map – For accurate readings, check the ‘US EPA conversion’ on both the ‘data layer’ and the ‘apply conversion’ dropdown menus.
Take Action to Reduce Exposure to Smoke
  • Follow these health recommendations from Asante: English and Spanish 
  • Stay inside if possible. 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. Or create your own air purifying filter by following these instructions.
  • Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels.
  • When air quality improves to moderate or healthy (yellow or green on the Air Quality Index), 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.
Wear a NIOSH Approved Respirator
Cloth, dust and surgical masks don’t protect from the harmful particles in smoke. N95 or P100 respirators approved by NIOSH may offer protection, but they must be properly selected and worn. Select a NIOSH-approved respirator with a N, R or P alongside the number 95, 99 or 100. Learn how to put on and use a respirator. Respirators won’t work for children as they don’t come in children’s sizes. People with heart or lung conditions should consult their health care provider before wearing a respirator.

** Información en español **
 

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