Updated Thursday, September 8, 2011, 4:01 PM:
The National Weather Service for Portland, Oregon, has issued a Heat Advisory for the Willamette Valley and I-5 corridor in Southwest Washington, the Columbia River Gorge and Northern Oregon/Southern Washington Cascade foothills. Read more: High Temperatures and Smoky Air Could Cause Health Problems (pdf).
For the latest updates, access the National Weather Service website.
Oregon is currently hot and dry with increasing winds flowing East to West increasing fire hazards. Fires across the state are approaching urban areas with increased chance of public health concerns related to air quality. This condition, combined with rising temperatures, creates public health concerns for people with chronic illness and for those who work outdoors. Learn more about preparing for forest fires.
Find information on heat-related illness.
Asthma and Wildfires
National Weather Service
Wildfire Air Quality Health Rating (Oregon Department of Environmental Quality)
Northwest Large Fire Information Summary (Northwest Interagency Coordination Center)
Incident Information System
High Temperatures and Smoky Air Could Cause Health Problems (OHA)
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