Air Quality Alert for pollution from wildfire smoke extended until Friday

Oh joy. (LRAPA)

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregonians bracing for a heat wave last week instead found themselves facing record heat and unhealthy levels of air pollution from forest fires.

The state's air quality monitors issued an Air Quality Alert, which was in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 8.

The end was near.

But it's not over yet.

"Continuation of a hot weather pattern and intrusions of wildfire smoke this week, along with increasing ozone levels and stagnant conditions have prompted the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Southwest Clean Air Agency and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency to extend the air pollution advisory issued last week until Friday, August 11, at noon," the agencies said in a joint press release Tuesday evening.

In Lane County, the air quality on Tuesday afternoon rose from "moderate" to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” to "unhealthy" by 5 p.m.

At least we'll have more breathtaking sunsets - even if it isn't safe to breath.

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