Wildfire smoke poses health risks in Southern Oregon

Tuesday September 5th Forecast Air Quality Warning until 2pm

Tuesday September 5th Forecast Air Quality Warning until 2pm

Air quality in the Okanagan has again deteriorated as thick smoke from surrounding wildfires hang over the valley. They also warn that those with lung and heart disease should remain indoors as much as possible when air quality is hazardous. On Wednesday air quality classified as "unhealthy", "very unhealthy", or "hazardous" exists in some areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District has canceled Tuesday classes at all eight of its schools, and the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to discuss a local health emergency because of wildfire smoke impacting air quality.

The most vulnerable population includes those with asthma or other respiratory diseases, people older than 65, pregnant women, smokers, infants and children.

The Air Quality Advisory is issued until 10 a-m on Thursday.

Reduce physical activity - your body does not function as efficiently in smoke as it does in clean air. Staying hydrated helps dilute phlegm in the respiratory tract, making it easier to cough out smoke particles.

The Treasure Valley hit the red or unhealthy air quality level Tuesday.

Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

The air-quality warning remains in effect until noon on Wednesday, but the blog warns that fire and air quality can change quickly and conditions should be checked frequently.

When air quality is Very Unhealthy.

It also suggests avoiding vacuuming which can stir up dust and reducing other sources of indoor air pollution such as smoking or burning candles. As you can see from Tuesday's MODIS Satellite picture, we have accumulated quite a bit of smoke in the off shore waters, so we will have to mix that out as well.

Law added that forest fires-which predominantly involve the burning of organic matter near the forest floor, rather than trees themselves-produce smoke containing mostly moisture and particulate matter that does not enter the upper atmosphere.

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