A smoky haze from wildfires is causing poor air quality for much of the Portland metro area.
Tuesday's air quality has been categorized as "unhealthy" by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and is the worst it has been in weeks. This is due to wildfires burning north and east of the metro area.
The unhealthy levels may cause health problems like burning eyes, runny nose, coughing, and breathing issues, for anyone, even those who are perfectly healthy.
The elderly, pregnant women and young children are at a greater risk, as well as those who already have lung or heart problems.
People should limit their time outside and refrain from vigorous activities like running or playing sports.
The Beaverton School District has canceled all outdoor athletic activities until further notice due to the unhealthy air quality.
The current conditions are expected to last a few days, but Tuesday is expected to be the worst day for the metro area.
Air quality in other parts of the state, like The Dalles and the Medford area, are also listed as unhealthy by the DEQ.
To view the DEQ's air quality map, visit https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map
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