Smoke from wildfires reaches Eugene

Smoke from wildfires reaches Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. - Winds out of the east brought smoke from Oregon wildfires into the Willamette Valley overnight.

Air quality climbed into the moderate category Wednesday morning. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, air quality meters in Eugene showed good levels, just shy of moderate. Oakridge was stil in the moderate category.

“It’s not uncommon to have smoke from distant fires make its way into our area,” said Jo Niehaus, spokesperson for the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency. “This summer has been unseasonably dry and our forests are prone to fires started by lightning.”

The smoke, combined with forecasted warm temperatures, could make conditions uncomfortable for some residents.

Niehaus said air quality will stay in the moderate range until a strong onshore flow pushes the smoke out of the area.

Residents who are sensitive to pollution are advised to use caution when participating in outdoor activities.

Individuals with asthma, respiratory problems, or heart disease are advised to curtail vigorous activity when air quality deteriorates.

You can find current air quality for Eugene and Oakridge online at LRAPA.org.

For conditions elsewhere in Oregon or closer to the fires, visit the DEA air quality index page.