DEQ: Air Quality Could Worsen Tonight

 

The Air Quality outlook for Wednesday August 2, 2017, from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm is expected to remain in the Moderate range. However, tonight from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am the Weather Service is forecasting NW winds, which may bring additional smoke into our area from local fires that may cause the air quality to deteriorate into the “Unhealthy” range for Chiloquin and Fort Klamath and in the “High Moderate” range for the Klamath Falls and the lower basin.  Unhealthy Air Quality means everyone can be affected.  Sensitive groups should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.  Consider moving activities indoors or rescheduling.  Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Take more breaks during all outdoor activities.  Moderate to high levels of smoke are forecasted to come into Klamath County from several Northern California fires and fires in the Cascades.  Chiloquin and Fort Klamath are expected to reach moderate to unhealthy levels today and in the evenings throughout the week and possibly into the weekend. Weather conditions and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires, not only from one day to the next but on an hourly basis. Smoke may also impact one portion of a community but not another.

To learn how to use visibility to measure risk of health effects:

http://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/Wildfires-Visibility.aspx