Public Health 

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ALERT: Deception Creek Wildfires Producing Unhealthy Smoke for East Lane County Residents (8/29/2014) 

OAKRIDGE, ORE- The air quality index continues to reach the red “Unhealthy” range due to wildfire smoke from the Deception Creek Complex in Oakridge and surrounding areas. The Eugene/Springfield area is reading in the high yellow “moderate” range and may climb to the orange “Unsafe for Sensitive Groups (USG)” level.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines the “Unhealthy” level on the Air Quality Index (AQI) as, “Unhealthy: Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.” The AQI is divided into six categories: good/green; moderate/yellow; unhealthy for sensitive groups/orange; unhealthy/red; very unhealthy/purple; and hazardous/maroon.


The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) and Lane County Public Health (LCPH) warn residents to take precaution with their activities. It is recommended to stay indoors if possible and limit outdoor activity, especially for children, seniors, and people with pre-existing heart and lung conditions. Exposure to excess smoke could cause repeated coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness or pain in your chest, palpitations, unusual fatigue, and lightheadedness. Please contact your healthcare provider or doctor if you feel these health impacts from smoke.


LRAPA and LCPH are closely monitoring the smoke situation and provide updates as needed. The public can track hourly particulate levels by logging onto the LRAPA website at or on twitter @LaneRegionalAir.



More Oregon fires information:

Información en español: Efectos del humo y como protegerse
Long-Term Care Facilities and Influenza
10/04/2013 -  Check out a new toolkit designed to aid health care workers in  addressing influenza-like illnesses in long-term care facilities. For more information please visit Lane County's Communicable Disease program.



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