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Southern Oregon Coast Under Air Pollution Advisory

Published 08/14/21 at 6:29 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Southern Oregon Coast Under Air Pollution Advisory

(Coos Bay, Oregon) – The southern Oregon coast - along with much of inland Washington and Oregon – are currently under an air pollution advisory, due to high concentrations of smoke particulates from a variety of wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

While the northern Oregon coast is not too adversely affected, there are some moments of colorful haze at sunsets in recent days.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued the air pollution advisory, in effect until further notice for much of southern Oregon and the south coast region, from Florence down through Coos Bay, Bandon, Port Orford and into at least Brookings.

According to Coos Bay / Charleston / North Bend tourism director Janice Langlinais, it is not difficult to breathe there, just rather hazy.

The air quality advisory also stands for Eastern Douglas County Foothills, Jackson County, South Central Oregon Cascades, Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades, the Klamath Basin, Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County, along with Central and Eastern Lake County, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS said this will likely be in effect through Friday evening.

“Smoke can irritate the eyes, lungs and worsen some medical conditions,” the NWS. “People most at risk to adverse health effects include infants, young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant women.”

The NWS said smoke levels can change rapidly depending on any shifts in the weather. You can check out current conditions at the Oregon Smoke Information Blog or DEQ's Air Quality Index page, as well as download the OregonAIR app.

See Beach Fire Bans Official on Most of Oregon Coast, Other Restrictions  beach fires have been banned everywhere from Lincoln City southward

NWS offered up several things you can do to keep yourself more comfortable and even safe when smoke levels get high:

- Stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed.

- 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.

- If you have heart or lung disease or asthma, follow your healthcare providers advice.

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