Eugene Air Quality Reaches Hazardous Levels

Eugene has now reached what experts are calling a "hazardous" level, and local hospitals have seen an influx this past month in patients with respiratory problems three times the number in July.

Posted: Sep 5, 2017 4:09 AM
Updated: Dec 22, 2017 5:18 AM

EUGENE, Ore -- As fires continue to burn across the state, concerns continue to rise about how the smoke is affecting the health of Lane County residents. 

Eugene has now reached what experts are calling a "hazardous" level, and local hospitals have seen an influx this past month in patients with respiratory problems three times the number in July. 

Medical professionals say that if you feel short of breath, or are struggling to get a breath in, it's best to go see a physician. 

The biggest issue is the minuscule size of the particulate matter floating around in the air due to the smoke. 

Because it is so tiny (2.5 micrometers or smaller), it can be inhaled into the deepest part of the lungs and cause potential long term problems. 

They are also recommending that if you have to go outside for any reason, wear a mask, and if you can, the best thing to do is to avoid going outside all together, in order to limit your exposure as much as possible.

Paper or dusk masks aren't very effective. Oregon Health Authority recently published a document that states that the best mask to wear is an N 95. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 19097

Reported Deaths: 326
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah445092
Washington283023
Marion266767
Umatilla199624
Clackamas140136
Malheur67310
Deschutes5378
Lane5183
Lincoln3919
Union3882
Jackson3851
Yamhill35911
Jefferson3103
Morrow3041
Polk28812
Linn24810
Klamath1941
Hood River1690
Wasco1613
Benton1556
Douglas1321
Josephine1051
Coos840
Clatsop800
Columbia780
Crook431
Lake320
Baker300
Tillamook280
Wallowa191
Curry140
Sherman140
Harney80
Gilliam40
Grant20
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 56°
Corvallis
Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 55°
Roseburg
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 61°
North Bend
Broken Clouds
61° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 61°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events