Hood River, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is urging residents in Hood River and Wasco counties to take health precautions from smoke caused by wildfires.
The Eagle Creek Fire is bringing unhealthy levels of smoke into parts of The Gorge, including the communities of Hood River and The Dalles. These conditions are expected to last through the weekend and possibly into next week.
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. People in any of these groups might consider leaving the area until air quality improves.
People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers.
Remember, local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly, depending on weather factors including wind direction.
Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Greg Svelund, DEQ Public Affairs, Bend, 541-633-2008, firstname.lastname@example.org