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AEUS75 KBOI 142055  
AQABOI  
 
AIR QUALITY ALERT  
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY  
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOISE ID  
155 PM MST THU DEC 14 2017  
 
ORC001-025-045-152100-  
BAKER-HARNEY-MALHEUR-  
155 PM MST THU DEC 14 2017 /1255 PM PST THU DEC 14 2017/  
 
...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL  
QUALITY FOR NORTHERN HARNEY COUNTY, THE LOWER TREASURE VALLEY OF  
OREGON AND THE BAKER VALLEY...  
 
THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED AN AIR  
QUALITY ADVISORY FOR NORTHERN HARNEY COUNTY, THE LOWER TREASURE  
VALLEY OF OREGON AND THE BAKER VALLEY DUE TO ELEVATED POLLUTANT  
LEVELS. THIS ADVISORY WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL AIR QUALITY  
CONDITIONS HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED.  
 
INVERSION CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE AREA, WITH LIGHT WINDS  
AND LIMITED MIXING OF THE AIR. DURING THESE CONDITIONS, SMOKE CAN  
BE TRAPPED AT GROUND LEVEL AND POTENTIALLY BUILD UP IN CONCENTRATION  
FOR THE DURATION OF THE STAGNANT AIR PATTERN.  
 
DEQ ASKS PEOPLE IN THE AFFECTED AREAS TO REFRAIN FROM OUTDOOR  
BURNING AND TO USE ALTERNATIVES TO WOOD STOVES IF OTHER HEATING  
OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AND PRACTICAL. INFORMATION ON WOOD STOVES,  
AND WOOD STOVE SMOKE, CAN BE FOUND AT:  
HTTP://WWW.OREGON.GOV/DEQ/RESIDENTIAL/PAGES/WOODSTOVES-HEALTH.ASPX.  
BE SURE TO CHECK FOR ANY LOCAL BURNING RESTRICTIONS OR WOOD STOVE  
ADVISORIES IN EACH PARTICULAR COMMUNITY BEFORE BURNING.  
 
EXPOSURE TO AMBIENT PARTICULATE MATTER POLLUTION IS ONE OF THE TOP  
RISK FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO PREMATURE DEATH IN THE UNITED  
STATES, ACCOUNTING FOR APPROXIMATELY 100,000 DEATHS ANNUALLY.  
NUMEROUS SCIENTIFIC STUDIES HAVE LINKED SMOKE POLLUTION TO A VARIETY  
OF PROBLEMS INCLUDING COUGHING, AGGRAVATED ASTHMA, BRONCHITIS, AND  
IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT.  
 
HEALTH OFFICIALS RECOMMEND THAT YOUNG CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN,  
ASTHMA SUFFERS, THOSE WITH LUNG OR HEART CONDITIONS, AND ADULTS AGE  
65 AND OLDER LIMIT VIGOROUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITY. POLLUTION LEVELS TEND  
TO BE HIGHEST DURING MORNING AND EVENING HOURS.  
 
VISIT THE OREGON DEQ INTERNET SITE AT  
HTTP://WWW.DEQ.STATE.OR.US/AQI/ FOR CURRENT CONDITIONS.  
 

 
 
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