(7/26 - 7:30 AM) - Smoke from a wildfire burning in Canyonville is impacting the air quality in Medford.
Jackson County Health and Human Services want you to watch for rising and falling smoke levels depending on weather factors such as wind direction and high temperatures.
Health officials note that persons with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions and cardiovascular disease, people older than 65 years of age, infants and children, pregnant women, and smokers are particularly sensitive to wildfire smoke.
Before leaving your house check the local air conditions by visiting Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Air Quality Index for real-time air monitoring data. Additional tips and recommendations from health officials:
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- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions
- Limit exposure to smoke by staying indoors with doors and windows closed
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water
- People exposed to smoky conditions and who suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers
*Photo was taken by Douglas Forest Protective Association of the Milepost 97 fire on Thursday, July 25.*