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From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, (503) 742-5911

08-22-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Smoky air could cause health problems take these precautions to avoid harm

[Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties] – County public health officials urge people across the Metro region to take precautions as air quality reaches potentially unhealthy levels.

The National Weather Service is predicting weather that could bring prolonged wildfire smoke exposure to communities in the Portland area. Smoke levels can rise and fall depending on weather factors including wind direction.

"The combination of high temperatures and wildfire smoke in the Tri-County area may increase the risk of illness especially for older adults, young children and people with asthma, respiratory, or heart conditions," said Dr. Paul Lewis, the Tri-County Health Officer for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties.

Public health officials urge all Oregonians to take the following precautions to avoid health problems during hot, smoky conditions:

For more information about your community's air quality, visit http://airnow.gov/. For air quality advisories from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, visit http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/advisories/index.htm

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