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Air quality alert issued through Tuesday for parts of Oregon and Washington

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, The Southwest Clean Air Agency, and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency issued an air quality alert Thursday due to wildfire smoke in the area.

According to the National Weather Service, the air quality alert is in effect for the following counties:

  • Benton County
  • Clackamas County
  • Clatsop County
  • Columbia County
  • Hood River County
  • Lane County
  • Lincoln County
  • Linn County
  • Pacific County
  • Skamania County
  • Wahkiakum County

This includes the following cities :

  • Corvallis
  • Oregon City
  • Molalla
  • Sandy
  • Vernonia
  • Clatskanie
  • Hood River
  • Cascade Locks
  • Parkdale
  • Eugene
  • Albany
  • Lebanon
  • Sweet Home
  • Salem
  • Stayton
  • Detroit
  • Portland
  • Gresham
  • Multnomah Falls
  • Dallas
  • Monmouth
  • Independence
  • Hillsboro
  • Forest Grove
  • McMinnville
  • Newberg
  • Vancouver
  • Battle Ground
  • Washougal
  • Ridgefield
  • Yalcolt
  • Amboy
  • Longview
  • Kelso
  • Castle Rock
  • Raymond
  • Long Beach
  • Frances
  • Stevenson
  • Skamania
  • Mount St. Helens
  • Cathlamet
  • Grays River

Experts say wildfires burning in the area and the predicted hot weather will cause the air quality to reach unhealthy levels due to smoke.

The air quality index had already reached the “unhealthy” level early Thursday morning in Portland.

The Air Quality Alert is in effect through Tuesday evening.

The National Weather Service said cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and aggravate other serious health problems.

They recommend limiting outdoor activities and keeping children indoors.

PHOTOS: Haze thickens, temperature rises in Oregon and Washington

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