PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After several consecutive days of unhealthy air quality in the greater Portland area, the Oregon Department of Environmental Equality says it has extended the air quality advisory to last until at least Monday, Oct. 24.
Oregon DEQ has also expanded the prior air quality advisory to Polk, Yamhill and Deschutes counties.
A mix of smoke from various fires, including the Cedar Creek Fire in the Cascades and the Nakia Creek Fire in Clark County, and early morning fog has created a “toxic soup” for people across the Pacific Northwest. The smoke and heavy fog can also affect eyes, lungs and worsen certain pre-existing medical conditions.
However, the Oregon DEQ says smoke levels “can change rapidly” depending on weather conditions, and rain is slated to arrive on Friday.
Here is a full list of counties included in the air quality advisory:
- Polk County
- Yamhill County
- Deschutes County
- Columbia County
- Clackamas County
- Douglas County
- Lane County
- Linn County
- Marion County
- Multnomah County
- Washington County
- Clark County
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