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NEWPORT, Ore. – County public health officials urge people across the state to take precautions as temperatures and air quality reach potentially unhealthy levels.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch and Fire Weather Watch for most of Oregon. The central coast should have clear air, but the warnings start not far inland. They are predicting weather that could bring prolonged wildfire smoke exposure to communities in throughout Oregon. Smoke levels can rise and fall depending on weather factors including wind direction.
“Many families are traveling inland on Labor Day weekend. The combination of high temperatures and wildfire smoke may increase the risk of illness, especially for older adults, young children, and people with asthma, respiratory, or heart conditions,” said Rebecca Austen, Public Health Director.
Public health officials urge all Oregonians to take the following precautions to avoid health problems during hot, smoky conditions.
For more information:
Heat Related Illness, know how to prevent illness and what signs to look for
Oregon Smoke blog, for the latest on wildfire smoke and air quality across the state.
National Weather Service – Portland, for current watches and warnings