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Above: Smoke from area wildfires over Portland, Oregon.
As wildfires continue to affect many parts of the state—including most recently the Columbia River Gorge—the Oregon Health Authority is encouraging people to take steps to protect themselves from smoky air.
Poor air quality due to wildfires can cause health problems for people with chronic lung or heart conditions, the elderly, and children. Fine particles in smoke also can affect people suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions.
“People should be aware of smoke levels in their area and avoid the places with highest concentrations,” said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician at the OHA Public Health Division. High temperatures can also increase levels of ozone, a pollutant that can irritate the lungs.
OHA offers the following smoke-prevention tips:
For guidance on how to protect student athletes and when to move outdoor activities indoors, watch this video.
For more information about wildfires and smoke, visit http://www.healthoregon.org/wildfires.