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Smoke from Northern California fire moving to Oregon

Flames from the Lava fire burn Monday along a ridge near U.S. Highway 97 and Big Springs Road north of Weed, California. (Scott Stoddard/Grants Pass Daily Courier via AP)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Thursday for the next several days for parts of Southern Oregon that may be impacted by smoke coming from the Lava fire in Northern California.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the Lakeview and Klamath Falls areas fall under the air quality advisory.

Wildfire smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs, and worsen some medical conditions. People it impacts most include infants and young children, people with heart or lung diseases, older adults and pregnant women. The DEQ recommends keeping an eye on the air quality index in your area.

In September, almost all of Oregon was covered in thick layers of unhealthful smoke, as wildfires stretched across the state. Researchers and health experts told OPB that having such high levels of smoke for so many people was unprecedented.

The Lava fire, which was ignited by lightning last week, has put thousands of people under evacuation orders in Northern California.

As of Wednesday, the fire covered more than 27 square miles (70 square kilometers) but crews “made good progress on the western edge of the fire, cutting off progression into the communities,” Shasta-Trinity National Forest said in a statement.

All evacuation orders issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office remained in effect for communities north of the city of Weed. Residents of other areas were warned to be prepared to evacuate.