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“We're really hoping that precipitation helps clear some of this out"

Wildfire smoke pushed air quality to "unhealthy" levels in Eugene and Springfield on Friday, triggering an air quality advisory in effect until Sunday. (SBG)

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - The community had a short breather from the last smoke-wave, but more bad air is coming from Oregon wildfires.

Lane County is under an air quality advisory until Sunday at 6 p.m.

According to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA), we'll see more smoke on Saturday than on Friday, mainly because Friday’s smoke won't clear out overnight, so instead we'll just get additional smoke on Saturday.

LRAPA said they hope the advisory ends earlier than expected, but for the time being, another blanket of smoke covers downtown Eugene.

"Oh no, we have another fire somewhere, but I don't know where it is. I’m assuming it must be close by,” said Eugene resident Debra Savelle.

According to LRAPA, this smoke is coming from the same wildfires that caused the last smoke-attack in Lane County.

The winds brought down a lot of smoke from the east, from Willamette National Forest fires, the Jones Fire, and Horse Creek Fire.

Savelle said she was shocked to see another round of bad air quality.

“Well I hope it goes away soon. And I believe that it would be worse for the people who are fighting the fires than for those of us here in the valley, so I think about them too,” said Savelle.

LRAPA said even they didn't expect the smoke to be this intense yet again, but rapid wind shifts can push the smoke in any direction.

“Well, it's still wildfire season, and as long as there are the fires around us we'll be seeing the smoke periodically,” said Jo Niehaus, Public Affairs Manager with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

Niehaus recommends spending the weekend at the coast where the air quality is healthier.

Levels are peaking in the Eugene area into the unhealthy zone, but hopefully, not for long.

"It's supposed to rain on Sunday. I’m pretty hopeful about that,” said Savelle.

“We're really hoping that precipitation helps clear some of this out. Help with the fires and reduce the fire activity and hopefully end this wildfire season soon,” Said Niehaus.

Until then, remember to stay inside while the air quality is bad, and wear a protective mask if you go outside.

Visit LRAPA’s website for hourly updates about air quality.

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