According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the National Weather Service, an air quality advisory was issued for the entire Willamette Valley as well as five counties on Wednesday due to the wildfires.
According to New York TimesThe Pacific Northwest recorded the worst air quality in the U.S. on Wednesday, with Portland and Seattle among major cities ranked among the worst air quality globally.
Columbia, Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties have air quality advisories in effect at least through Friday. The smoke is coming from the Nakia Creek and Siuson fires in Washington and the Cedar Creek fire near Oakridge.
The National Weather Service also has a weather advisory for the entire Willamette Valley until 6:00 PM for Lane County, 4:00 PM Friday for Benton County and 6:00 PM Thursday for other counties.
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According to LRAPA, South Eugene had an AQI rating of 105 “for sensitive groups” as of 5 p.m.
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