Wildfire smoke brings regional health warning — QUALITY ALERT

Like many people the wildfire smoke took a circuitous route to get to Colorado

The forecast shows an improvement in air quality by Tuesday. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329). All others should limit prolonged or heavy activity and time spent outdoors. If you have an air conditioner, use the "recirculation" switch.

The elderly, pregnant women and young children are at a greater risk, as well as those who already have lung or heart problems. If you use the car's fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the auto; don't pull air from outside.

You get a pass on vacuuming until the air clears unless your vacuum has a HEPA filter.

They need to be rated N95 or N100 to be protective against smoke and can be purchased at hardware and home fix stores.

Keep windows and doors closed. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you.


The Washington Smoke Information blog - a coordinated effort by county, state and federal officials to share information on smoke from wildland fires - lists Vancouver's air quality Tuesday morning as unhealthy for sensitive groups.

As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.

The bad air was just the latest in a long summer of poor air quality for southwest Oregon.

The elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expect to persist until there is a change in fire and/or weather conditions.

Smoke may cause irritation in your eyes, throat and nose, as well as wheezing, coughing, headaches and shortness of breath, the state Department of Health warned.

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