Residents in Central Oregon are likely noticing rapidly degrading air quality due to wildfire smoke. Although there has been wildfire smoke present in Central Oregon for several days it has become more dense as of the evening of August 16. This smoke is from ongoing wildfires in the Cascades including the Middle Fork Complex near Oakridge. The image below shows that central Oregon is currently directly downwind from those smoke plumes.
Please visit our smoke and your health and air quality resources for actions you can take to protect yourself from smoke and view the current air quality on our interactive maps page.