DEQ extends the air quality warning as smoking worsens, much of the CO to “dangerous” levels; impacts that are felt

(Update: Bend-La Pine Schools Note to Schools, Might Restrict Outdoor Activities; Bend Park and Rec Update)

BEND, Hours. (KTVZ) – Much of central Oregon was engulfed in smoke from the Cedar Creek Fire on Monday morning, sending sky-high air quality readings in the “unhealthy” or even “dangerous” category for much of the region. and reduce activities and operations for different organizations.

As anticipated by NewsChannel 21 chief meteorologist Bob Shaw, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s air quality alert has been extended from Monday to Wednesday.

“We would all be well advised to stay indoors with doors and windows closed and, if possible, to use an air purifier,” he said.

For the latest news, check out the E :: SPACE air quality map on our weather page.

Bend-La Pine Schools sent a reminder to school staff Monday morning, noting the readings from very unhealthy to dangerous, and said every school or facility needed to take precautions to reduce smoke entering the building, including “limiting or eliminate outdoor work, sports and activities in unhealthy air quality conditions. ”N95 masks are also available to employees, as Oregon OSHA now demands amidst the smoke of fires.

Bend Park and the Rec District posted this updated information on their website late Monday morning:

Advice on air quality and public health

Monday 12 September, 11:33 am update:

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and Larkspur Community Center / Bend Senior Center
are experiencing air quality problems:
Canceled: Indoor Pools / Morning Swim Lessons, Senior Bend Center and Social Activities, Harmon Clay Studio Lessons
Group fitness classes vary based on availability; some are deleted.
Check the timetables.
Adult Softball Status will be determined at 4pm

Conditions are monitored every hour.

Mosaic Medical closes several Bend Clinic sites due to dangerous indoor air quality

Bend, Oregon, September 12, 2022 – Due to the hazardous air quality, we have determined that it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our patients and staff to close our East Bend, Conners Health Center and Courtney in Bend sites to in-person services today.

We will be switching to remote services in these clinics and our teams are contacting all patients affected by this situation directly.

We are grateful to the teams working to contain the forest fires in our area and are keeping their well-being in our thoughts.

Please stay home and away from smoke if you can, and contact us at 541-383-3005 if you have any questions.

Here’s DEQ’s announcement on Monday:

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality issued an Air Quality Notice on Monday, Sept. 12 for Baker, Crook, Deschutes, eastern Lane, Grant, Harney, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler counties due to smoke mainly from the Cedar Creek fire near Oakridge and the Double Mountain fire near Joseph.

At this time, Jackson, Josephine, Douglas and Curry counties have been removed from the notice due to improved conditions.

** Information in Spanish **

DEQ expects the air quality warning to last until at least Wednesday. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoking in the area.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on the weather. Check the current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, the DEQ Air Quality Index, or by downloading the free OregonAIR app to your smartphone.

Smoking can irritate the eyes and lungs and make some medical conditions worse. People most at risk include infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, the elderly, and people who are pregnant.

Protect yourself and your family when smoking levels are high:

  • Stay inside if possible. Keep windows and doors closed. If it’s too hot, run the recirculating AC or consider moving to a cooler location.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Use high efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA) in indoor ventilation systems or portable air purifiers. Or make your own air purifier filter by following these instructions.
  • Beware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels.
  • When air quality improves to moderate or healthy (yellow or green in the air quality index), open windows and doors to air homes and businesses.
  • If you have a breathing plan for a medical condition, be sure to follow it and keep the necessary medications stocked.

Cloth, dust and surgical masks do not protect against harmful smoke particles. NIOSH approved N95 or P100 respirators may offer protection, but must be selected and worn correctly. Select a NIOSH approved respirator with an N, R, or P next to the number 95, 99, or 100. Learn how to wear and use a respirator. Respirators do not work for children as they are not available in children’s sizes. People with heart or lung problems should consult their doctor before wearing a respirator.

Additional Resources:

· Find cleaner airspace in your area: Visit and search for “Fire Related Clean Air Shelters”. Or call 211 at any time or day.

· Additional information on health protection during fires

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