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Air quality advisory for Eastern Lane County, Central Oregon

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Smoke from the Bedrock Fire is degrading air quality as it moves northeast towards Santiam Pass and east into the Central Oregon cities of Bend, Sisters, Redmond, and La Pine.

from the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

LRAPA issued an air quality advisory July 24, 2023 for parts of Eastern Lane County. Conditions as shown on the EPA Fire & Smoke Map as of 1 p,.m. showed wildfire smoke from the Bedrock Fire in the Fall Creek watershed spreading northeast to Santiam Pass, degrading air quality in the McKenzie River watershed upriver from Vida.

LRAPA expects intermittent smoke in the area through at least Wednesday night.

The advisory for eastern Lane County is part of a larger advisory for all areas affected by smoke from the Bedrock Fire. The Oregon Smoke Information Blog shared the advisory throughout Bend, Redmond, Sisters, and La Pine.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, or by visiting the EPA’s Fire & Smoke Map.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. People most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant people.

Protect yourself and your family when smoke levels are high:

  • 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.

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.

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