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From Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager (971-219-7271) 09-14-2014

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Wildfire smoke may increase risk for some adults, children, others with respiratory illness or heart condition

Firefighters are dealing with a wildfire in the Estacada area. If you observe flames from this fire call 9-1-1 for assistance. Please do not call 9-1-1 if you see only smoke from this fire.

The wildfire smoke in the affected area may increase the risk of illness especially for older adults, young children and people with asthma, respiratory illness or heart conditions.

Public health officials urge that people in the affected area:

  • Reduce the amount of time spent outdoors. This can provide some protection, especially in a tightly closed, air-conditioned house in which the air conditioner set to re-circulate instead of bringing in the outdoor air.
  • Reduce the amount of time engaged in vigorous outdoor physical activity. This can be an important and effective strategy to decrease exposure to inhaled air pollutants and minimize health risks during a smoke event.
  • Reduce other sources of indoor pollution such as burning cigarettes and candles, using gas, propane and wood burning stoves and furnaces, cooking and vacuuming.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Individuals with heart disease or lung diseases such as asthma should follow their health care providers’ advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms.
  • Anyone experiencing health problems from the smoke is urged to call his/her health care provider for advice or seek care at an urgent care center.
  • Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 9-1-1 or go to an emergency department immediately.

Clackamas County Emergency Operations Center has been activated in support of the wildfire response. The EOC Public Information number is 503-655-8838

Media with questions call Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Information Officer at 503-655-8838

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