News, Weather, Wildfire

Wildfire smoke expected to continue over weekend

Air quality in the region, already low due to wildfire smoke, is expected to continue over the weekend, the Portland office of the National Weather Service said. 

An Air Quality Advisory issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is in effect until 5 p.m. Monday. 

“Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecasted conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels at times through Monday,” the advisory read. 

Click “Read the full conversation on Twitter” to view the entire explanation from the NWS on this weekend’s forecast.

Pollutants found in wildfire smoke can cause a number of health concerns. Burning eyes, a runny nose are symptoms; while those with serious health issues like heart, lung, and other diseases can see their condition aggravated. 

Officials advised that outdoor activities be limited, children be kept indoors in smoky conditions, 

Locally, wildfire danger remains at moderate on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in and around the Tillamook Forest. Burning is also banned throughout the entire county. 

A map showing air quality across the state can be found online.

More information can also be found on the Oregon DEQ website

Chas Hundley is the editor of the Gales Creek Journal and sister news publications the Banks Post and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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