Air Quality Monitoring During Wildfire Season

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, so we thought it a good idea to discuss air quality monitoring across Oregon, particularly during the summer season.

The Air Quality Index, air quality advisories and the Oregon Smoke Information blog are all great resources for people looking to understand what kind of air they’re breathing, especially if they’re planning to go camping, hiking or participate in any of the other outdoor activities people in Oregon love to do. DEQ works closely with various agencies and organizations across the state to understand and relay air quality information as accurately and timely as possible.

For Episode 22, we were thrilled to talk with DEQ’s Air Quality Monitoring Outreach Specialist Hillarie Sales and KGW 8 News’ Meteorologist and Reporter Chris McGinness about everything that goes into understanding air quality during Wildfire Season. In, addition, we discuss air quality advisories and some tips to plan for smoky air.

You’ll have another chance to learn about preparing for wildfire smoke, as Smoke Ready Week is coming June 12 – 16. Keep an eye out for information and resources from DEQ, as well as our amazing partners Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, Washington State Department of Ecology, Idaho DEQ and your local county health departments.  

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DEQ’s mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.