Stagnant, polluted air will hang over Jackson and other Oregon counties through Saturday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality warned today.
A ridge of high pressure and light winds are expected, developing an inversion that will strengthen tonight, the National Weather Service reported. Air quality so far this afternoon was listed as “good” in areas throughout Jackson County.
The DEQ asks residents to limit open burning and the use of uncertified woodstoves during the inversion. Residents who have alternative heating options should not burn in woodstoves or fireplaces. People should also limit driving and vehicle idling.
Pollution levels are highest during evening and morning hours because of woodstove use and inversion conditions.
Health officials recommend that children, pregnant women, asthma sufferers, those with lung or heart conditions and adults age 65 and older limit vigorous outdoor activity.
Other counties that will be affected by the stagnant air include Umatilla, Morrow, Sherman, Gilliam, Wasco, Jefferson, Deschutes, Wheeler, Crook, Grant, Baker, Harney, Klamath, Lake and Josephine.
For current air conditions, go to www.mailtribune.com/airquality.
— Staff reports