Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Lane Regional Protection Agency are issuing an air stagnation advisory for the Central and Southern Willamette valleys beginning Tuesday. An advisory is also in place for much of Southern Oregon beginning Tuesday.
Conditions are expected to last at least through Monday.
Forecasters expect air quality to deteriorate due to an extended period of stagnant air. During such conditions, smoke can be trapped at ground level where people breathe.
DEQ asks people in the affected areas to refrain from outdoor burning and to use alternatives to woodstoves if other heating options are available and practical. Information on woodstoves and woodstove smoke: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/Residential/Pages/Woodst...
Numerous scientific studies have linked smoke pollution to a variety of problems including coughing, aggravated asthma, bronchitis and irregular heartbeat. Health officials recommend that young children, pregnant women, asthma sufferers, those with lung or heart conditions and adults age 65 and older limit vigorous outdoor activity. Pollution levels tend to be highest during evening and morning hours.
Visit DEQ's Air Quality Index for current conditions: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/
For air quality information and conditions in Lane County visit: http://www.lrapa.org/
See the latest forecasts and advisories issued by the National Weather Service in Portland (which forecasts for the Willamette Valley) at http://www.weather.gov/pqr/
and in Medford at http://www.weather.gov/mfr/
Contacts: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, email@example.com
Jo Niehaus, Public Affairs, Lane Regional Protection Agency, 541-736-1056 ext. 217, firstname.lastname@example.org