JUST IN: Smoke Filled Air In Central Oregon

With the current Canyon 66 Prescribed Fire about 30 miles east of Prineville on the Ochoco National Forest also comes very smoky air. The Crook County Public Health Officials are urging people across Central Oregon to take precautions as smoke from wildfires and prescribed burns affect the air quality and may cause health problems.

“The combination of higher temperatures and fire smoke in the area may increase the risk of illness especially for older adults, young children, and people with asthma, respiratory, or heart conditions,” said Vicky Ryan, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at the Crook County Health Department.

Effects of smoke exposure:

o Particles in the air can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, causing cough, phlegm
production, wheezing, difficulty breathing, headache and inflammation in the lungs.
o Most healthy adults and children will recover quickly from smoke exposure and will not
suffer long‐term health consequences.
o Persons with compromised airways such as lung disease are at risk for exacerbations.
o Persons with heart disease may experience shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain,
palpitations, or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.
o Children are at higher risk from smoke exposure, because they tend to spend more time
outside, engage in more vigorous activity, and inhale more air per pound of body
weight.
o Pregnant women are at increased risk of adverse health effects, as is the developing
fetus.
o Persons age 65 and older are more likely to have pre‐existing heart or lung disease, and
have a greater risk than younger persons of hospitalization and premature death
associated with smoke exposure.