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Air Quality In Rogue Valley Now 'Hazardous'

OPB | Aug. 1, 2013 12:20 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 7, 2013 7:10 a.m. | Medford, Oregon

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Southern Oregon officials are warning people to stay inside as much as possible to avoid breathing in the smoky air from nearby wildfires.

Edwin Rivera, 21, of Medford, adjusts his mask while pumping gas at the north Fred Meyer gas station Wednesday.

Edwin Rivera, 21, of Medford, adjusts his mask while pumping gas at the north Fred Meyer gas station Wednesday.

Jamie Lusch / Medford Mail Tribune

Air quality in communities in Josephine and Jackson Counties has been listed as “hazardous.” That’s worse than the ratings earlier this week of “very unhealthy”.

Those who have to be outside are asked to avoid exercise and wear a respirator if possible, to help filter out the tiny, but harmful particulates from the smoke.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that pet owners are told to limit outdoor exposure for their animals, make sure they have plenty of fresh water and regularly wash out their eyes and around their mouths with a damp cloth.

National Weather Service officials say the smoke is expected to plague Rogue Valley residents for the foreseeable future.

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