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Air quality closes Portland's outdoor pools again Friday

Portland pool (KATU News photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – For the third day in a row, Portland’s air quality index is “unhealthy,” according to the Environmental Protection agency.

For this reason, the City of Portland said its outdoor pools will be closed Friday. They were also closed Thursday.

Wildfires across the Pacific Northwest are causing unhealthy air in the Portland area. Experts say the conditions make it difficult to breathe for anyone, but especially those who have asthma or respiratory conditions.

The outdoor pool closure isn’t just keeping people out of the water during a heatwave, it’s also impacting several summer camps and swim lessons.

All Portland Parks and Recreation summer camps will be held indoors Friday. If camps do not have an indoor option, they will be canceled.

“If you have an underlying health condition like asthma or lung disease, this can be a trigger, and can cause you to have trouble with cough and shortness of breath most dangerous problem is fine particles,” said Dr. Richard Leman, public health physician with Oregon Health Authority.

There are alternative options for people who planned on going to a pool Friday.

There are nine community centers that will be free and open to the public. Those include the Charles Jordan Community Center and Multnomah Arts Center.

Click here for a complete list of community centers.

Portland indoor pools will also remain open.

PP&R said any other cancellations related to the heat or air quality will be posted on the PP&R Inclement Weather page.

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

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