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Lane County air quality should improve Tuesday; smoke to stick around Central, SW Oregon

Smoke in Eugene on Monday, August 28, 2017. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Much of Oregon remains under Air Quality Alerts due to pollution from forest fire smoke.

A change in the weather should begin to move the smoke out of the area this week.

Exactly when depends on where you live - and the weather.

An Air Quality Alert from the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency remains in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecasted conditions will cause air quality levels to fluctuate and will be at unhealthy levels through at least Tuesday afternoon," according to the alert.

As of 9 a.m., air quality remained in the Unhealthy range for Eugene/Springfield and Oakridge. Cottage Grove had dropped back down to the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups level. | Current Lane County Air Quality

If you live in southwest Oregon in Douglas, Curry, Josephine or Jackson counties, an air quality alert remains in effect "until further notice," the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said in a statement.

The alert is set to expire at 5 p.m. Thursday but could be extended.

If you live in the Central Oregon communities of Bend, Redmond, Sunriver, Sisters or La Pine, the Oregon DEQ has issued an air quality alert in effect through noon Friday.

Particulate matter in forest fire smoke can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and aggravate other serious health problems," according to the Air Quality Alerts issued for parts of Oregon. "Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition."

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