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Portland air quality improving after weekend haze

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Smoke from wildfires poured into the Willamette Valley over the weekend, and while it was hard to miss the smoky hazy skies, conditions are improving.

Clear skies Monday were certainly a welcome sight after the weekend’s haze. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said the Portland metro area was back in green, which means good, Monday.

However, near Silverton the DEQ rated the air quality in the yellow or moderate range. When the readings show orange it means the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The clear skies in Portland are quite a change from this weekend, when east winds pushed smoke from several wildfires burning in Oregon and Washington into the area and a thick haze filled the air.

Wildfire smoke could increase the risk of illness, especially for older adults, young kids and those with respiratory conditions.

The Air Quality advisory was lifted for the Portland area yesterday evening, but some residents said they were still noticing some issues this morning.

“(There was) a little improvement. I was riding in this morning, I was telling my wife , ‘I noticed there's still a little bit of smoke in the air,’ I said because as I was talking to her, I looked like I was crying, like I was a big baby. But in reality it was still a little smoky and my eyes are still itching,” cyclist Scott Tom said while riding on the Eastbank Esplanade. “My heart goes out to the people who have asthma, that's got to be really tough on them.”

Some folks may still have lingering issues from the smoke. For those that wish to go outside, doctors advise to take it easy, refrain from heavy exercise and try to stay indoors if you have respiratory problems.

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