Thursday, October 18, 2018


Klamath County Public Health

 

The Air Quality Advisory from noon today Thursday October 18, 2018 until noon tomorrow Friday October 19, 2018 is GREEN.

The green advisory means:  

    1. All woodstoves, pellet stoves and fireplaces may be used inside and outside the air quality zone. 
    2. Use only seasoned dry wood.
    3. Outdoor burning is prohibited in the air quality zone.  
    4. Residential outdoor burning is allowed in the communities of Chiloquin, Sprague River, Beatty, Bly and Northern Klamath County. Please check with your local Fire District prior to burning. Burning within residential areas should be avoided, if the smoke impacts neighborhoods.  

For air quality questions please call 541-883-5118.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Klamath County Public Health

 

The Air Quality Advisory from noon today Wednesday October 17, 2018 until noon tomorrow Thursday October 18, 2018 is GREEN.

The green advisory means:  

    1. All woodstoves, pellet stoves and fireplaces may be used inside and outside the air quality zone. 
    2. Use only seasoned dry wood.
    3. Outdoor burning is prohibited in the air quality zone.  
    4. Residential outdoor burning is allowed in the communities of Chiloquin, Sprague River, Beatty, Bly and Northern Klamath County. Please check with your local Fire District prior to burning. Burning within residential areas should be avoided, if the smoke impacts neighborhoods.  

For air quality questions please call 541-883-5118.

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Klamath County Public Health

 

The Air Quality Advisory from noon today Tuesday October 16, 2018 until noon tomorrow Wednesday October 17, 2018 is GREEN.

The green advisory means:  

    1. All woodstoves, pellet stoves and fireplaces may be used inside and outside the air quality zone. 
    2. Use only seasoned dry wood.
    3. Outdoor burning is prohibited in the air quality zone.  
    4. Residential outdoor burning is allowed in the communities of Chiloquin, Sprague River, Beatty, Bly and Northern Klamath County. Please check with your local Fire District prior to burning. Burning within residential areas should be avoided, if the smoke impacts neighborhoods.  

For air quality questions please call 541-883-5118.

 

Friday, August 31, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2018
Contact: Ramona Quinn,
rquinn@co.klamath.or.us  Valeree Lane, vlane@klamathcounty.org, 541.882.8846

Air quality forecast favorable for long weekend

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The containment of regional wildfires finds the local forecast for air quality to be positive. Klamath County Public Health officials are optimistic that Labor Day Weekend will find the air quality index in the moderate range.

Residents have seen long stretches of poor air quality since July. Air quality has improved significantly since Wednesday. Some smoke intrusion is still expected.

Residents are encouraged to visit https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map to learn the current air quality index. Each category corresponds to a different level of health concern. The six levels of health concern and what they mean are:

·         Good is 0 to 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

·         Moderate is 51 to 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people.

·         Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups is 101 to 150. Although the general public is not likely to be affected at this range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.

·         Unhealthy is 151 to 200. Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects.

·         Very Unhealthy is 201 to 300. This would trigger a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects.

·         Hazardous is greater than 300. This would trigger a health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

Weather conditions and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires. Conditions can change as frequently as hourly.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

News Release: DEQ expands air quality advisory to include Jackson, Josephine, portions of Lake


Medford, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is again issuing an air quality advisory for Josephine, Jackson and Klamath counties. The northern portion of Lake County is also included in the advisory.

DEQ also has an air quality advisory in place for Curry and Klamath counties. All advisories are in place until further notice.

Southern Oregon saw some clearing earlier in the week, but smoke is expected to return to the Rogue Valley by this evening. While most monitors were reading good or moderate on Wednesday morning, monitors in Shady Cove and Cave Junction were reading unhealthy on Wednesday.

The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for all groups. Maroon is hazardous.

People can take the following precautions:

- Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places with highest concentrations.
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions.
- If you have heart disease, asthma or other respiratory ailments, or are over 65, you have a higher risk of illness from wildfire smoke.
- Small children and pregnant women are also at increased risk. These residents are encouraged to stay indoors.
- People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers.

The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, including ones in Brookings, Gold Beach, Agness, Cave Junction and Prospect. It also has daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/


Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly. Residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store. 

Oregon's monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2018
Contact: Ramona Quinn,
rquinn@co.klamath.or.us  Valeree Lane, vlane@klamathcounty.org, 541.882.8846

Air quality forecast not favorable to outdoor weekend activities

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Klamath County Public Health officials are encouraging those attending this weekend’s outdoor activities to be mindful of the air quality.

At 8 a.m. Tuesday, Chiloquin’s air quality index was ranked very unhealthy at 217, while Klamath Falls was unhealthy at 180. Forecasts show smoke being drawn in from Lake County’s Watson Creek Fire. Conditions are not expected to improve as the weekend approaches.

Public Health officials are aware of several planned outdoor events throughout the region this weekend and are asking residents to be proactive about possible smoke exposure. High temperatures can make the smoky conditions more uncomfortable. Knowing the range of air quality numbers can help people make good choices about outdoor activities.

The six levels of the air quality index are:

·         Good is 0 to 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

·         Moderate is 51 to 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people.

·         Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups is 101 to 150. Although the general public is not likely to be affected at this range, people with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk.

·         Unhealthy is 151 to 200. Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects.

·         Very Unhealthy is 201 to 300. This would trigger a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects.

·         Hazardous is greater than 300. This would trigger a health warning of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

Residents are encouraged to visit https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map to learn the current air quality index.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Release date:  Aug. 13, 2018
 
Contact: DEQ: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-600-6119,  benenati.katherine@deq.state.or.us
Jackson County: Tanya Phillips, Jackson County Public Health, 541-770-7708, philliTF@jacksoncounty.org
Klamath County: Ramona Quinn, rquinn@co.klamath.or.us Valeree Lane, vlane@klamathcounty.org  541.882.8846
Josephine County: Michael Weber, Public Health Director, 541-474-5339, mweber@co.josephine.or.us
 

DEQ issues air quality advisory Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties

 

Medford, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for Jackson and Josephine counties and portions of Klamath County, particularly around Klamath Falls, as wildfire smoke continues to affect large portions of Southwest Oregon.

Air quality is expected to be a concern through Thursday morning. At 9 a.m. Monday morning, air quality was very unhealthy in Shady Cove, unhealthy for sensitive groups in Medford and moderate in Klamath Falls. Conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon.

Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly, depending on fire activity and weather factors including wind direction. Residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map . The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store.

The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/   

The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for all groups. Maroon is hazardous.

People can take the following precautions:

·         Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places with highest concentrations.

·         Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions.

·         If you have heart disease, asthma or other respiratory ailments, or are over 65, you have a higher risk of illness from wildfire smoke.

·         Small children and pregnant women are also at increased risk. These residents are encouraged to stay indoors.

·         People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers.

 

Oregon's monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves.

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