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    2017-08-28: Local Air Quality Warning

    Smoke from regional forest fires have pushed air quality in the Eugene-Springfield area into the “very unhealthy” zone on Aug. 28.

    The local Air Quality Index (AQI) has climbed to 223 as of 12:30 p.m.

    Many University of Oregon buildings can filter out a portion of the particulates in the air, so remaining indoors is best when possible. Outside doors and windows should stay closed in buildings served by central HVAC systems.

    An AQI between 200-300 is considered “very unhealthy.” Eugene is typically around 30-50 and considered “healthy.” Most people may start to notice symptoms including burning eyes, scratchy throat, and other mild respiratory effects. More sensitive populations may experience more serious symptoms such as coughing or difficulty breathing.

    Recent weather reports suggest smoke may begin to clear out after Tuesday. Please refer to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) for additional information and a current indication of the AQI.

    Advice from the Oregon Health Authority on outdoor activities during wildfire events:

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