Residents may be observing smoke today that is entering the Central Oregon region from the Lava and Tennant Fires near Mt. Shasta in northern California. Currently the air quality in the region remains “good”. You can learn more about air quality and monitor the current air quality on our interactive map on our “smoke and air quality” page.
The map below depicts the current near surface smoke concentration:
Central Oregon Fire encourages residents to protect themselves from smoke by following the points outlined on our “smoke and your health” page, which include:
- Limit your exposure to smoke.
- Reduce time spent outdoors when smoke is present. This can usually provide some protection, especially in a tightly closed, air-conditioned house. Set your A/C or heating unit to recycle or recirculate when at home or in your car, to limit your exposure.
- Reduce the time you engage in vigorous outdoor activity. This can be an important, effective way to lower the amount of smoke you are breathing in. It can minimize health risks during a smoke event.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
- Reduce other sources of indoor smoke and dust. These can be burning cigarettes, candles, gas or propane ranges, wood burning stoves and furnaces, and vacuuming.
- If you have heart or lung disease or respiratory illnesses such as asthma, follow your health care provider’s advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms.
- More vulnerable or smoke sensitive persons may consider using an indoor high-efficiency air filter (HEPA) or electrostatic precipitator for your home or to help create one or more rooms with cleaner air to breathe.
- Before you go to bed at night, close doors and windows to prevent outside smoke from getting inside and keep indoor air clean.