Air Quality Alert until MON 12:00 PM PDT Issued September, 18 2020 at 11:13 PM - US/Mountain expires September, 21 2020 at 12:00 PM - US/Mountain ...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY FOR SOUTHEASTERN OREGON CONTINUES... The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has continued an Air Quality Advisory for Southeastern Oregon due to elevated pollutant levels. This Advisory will remain in effect until air quality conditions have significantly improved. Inversion conditions are expected over the area, with light winds and limited mixing of the air. During these conditions, smoke can be trapped at ground level and potentially build up in concentration for the duration of the stagnant air pattern. DEQ asks people in the affected areas to refrain from outdoor burning and to use alternatives to wood stoves if other heating options are available and practical. Information on wood stoves, and wood stove smoke, can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/Residential/Pages/Woodstoves-Health.aspx. Be sure to check for any local burning restrictions or wood stove advisories in each particular community before burning. Exposure to ambient particulate matter pollution is one of the top risk factors that contribute to premature death in the United States, accounting for approximately 100,000 deaths annually. Numerous scientific studies have linked smoke pollution to a variety of problems including coughing, aggravated asthma, bronchitis, and irregular heartbeat. Health officials recommend that young children, pregnant women, asthma suffers, those with lung or heart conditions, and adults age 65 and older limit vigorous outdoor activity. Pollution levels tend to be highest during morning and evening hours. Visit the Oregon DEQ internet site at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/ for current conditions.