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Air quality advisory expected to last into tomorrow, potentially longer
Portland, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Southwest Clean Air Agency issued an air quality advisory for the Portland metro, Lower Columbia River and Southwest Washington area due to smoke from an industrial wood fire in Longview, Washington.

DEQ and SWCAA expects the air quality advisory to last into Tuesday and potentially longer, until the fire stops smoldering.

DEQ’s air monitor on Sauvie Island showed unhealthy, or red, air quality on Monday morning. Monitors in north Portland and along the 1-5 corridor showed moderate, or yellow, air quality.

Smoke can irritate people’s eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. Small children, adults over 65, pregnant women, and people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions are particularly vulnerable.

People can take the following precautions to protect their health during periods of severe smoke:

• Stay inside if possible and avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
• Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with highest concentrations.
• If you have asthma or heart or lung disease, follow your healthcare provider’s advice.
• Use certified High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters in indoor heating, ventilation, cooling and air purification systems.
• Be a good neighbor—limit or refrain from outdoor burning and woodstove use while communities respond to COVID-19. Read the request from state agencies to voluntary refrain from outdoor burning.

DEQ’s color-coded Air Quality Index provides current air quality conditions and ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate. 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.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions and advisories on DEQ’s Air Quality Index or by downloading the OregonAIR on your app on your smartphone.

Media contact: Laura Gleim, DEQ public affairs, 503-577-3697, gleim.laura@deq.state.or.us

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