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Air Quality Suffers In Sisters Following Pole Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 12, 2012 5:37 a.m.

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Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality is advising Sisters residents to expect poor air quality in the mornings this week. According to the DEQ, smoke from the Pole Creek fire caused air quality levels to spike into the hazardous range Tuesday morning.

Smoke from the Pole Creek Fire was visible from miles away.

Smoke from the Pole Creek Fire was visible from miles away.

William Knight is a spokesman for the DEQ. He says people in affected areas should avoid manual labor or exercise outdoors.

Other high-risk groups should avoid going out altogether. Those include the elderly, people with heart or lung disease, as well as children.

Knight explained, “Because children, their lungs are developing. And anytime we have a smoke event like this, they are ingesting particles into their lungs and those particles do carry a host of toxins and carcinogens.”

Knight says forecasts are calling for the current calm and cool conditions to persist through this weekend. That could make for more smoky mornings in and around the Sisters area.

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