PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Smoke from wildfires is creating an unhealthy situation in Oregon and Washington.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air pollution advisory due to the smoke and ozone levels that have increased in the extreme heat. The DEQ said some of the smoke is coming from fires burning east of the Portland metro area, like the Sheep Springs fire at Mt. Jefferson and one in British Columbia.
The air quality levels aren’t in the danger zone yet for most of the population, but the Oregon Health Authority is warning people with health problems, young children or seniors to take precautions.
“The key for helping to avoid health problems in people who are at risk, if they can just leave town for a while, leave the area for a while and go to the coast, that’s a good solution,” public health physical Richard Leman said.
Wind should kick up and blow the smoke away eventually, but small particles could stick around through next week.