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Smoke from the California fires approaching Oregon, USA.

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory alert for both Klamath Falls and Lakeview areas due to approaching smoke coming from the Salt Fire north of Redding and the 17,000-acre Lava Fire in Siskiyou County.

The Air quality advisory alert has been issued for the next few days. Any change in wind can alter the direction of the smoke and hence the location where smoke might end up. Smoke can cause irritation to both lungs and eyes. The air quality is measured using an Air Quality Index (AQI). A level below 50 means the air is healthy to breathe. A level above 100 is considered unsafe to breathe for sensitive groups.

People with asthma, heart and lung diseases, children and pregnant women are considered to most likely affected by the smoke.

People must be aware of the air quality index and try to stay indoors as possible if the air quality drops. It has been suggested by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to use an air filter to block the smoke particles from entering houses. The filter must be a HEPA filter and it must be written on it, ‘True HEPA’ or else it can filter particles as small as 0.03 microns.

More details to follow.

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