Air quality Points to Know

Air quality continues to be a concern in Klamath County. Officials from Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) would like the community to know the following points:

  • Klamath County continues to experience severe smoke intrusion from regional wildfires, creating hazardous air quality. There is no forecast for when the smoky conditions will subside.

  • The best way to limit exposure to smoke is to remain indoors. Since there is no timeline on smoky conditions, leaving the area until air quality improves may not be an option.

  • Individuals considering the use of masks are encouraged to discuss mask use with their physician.

Residents are encouraged to visit https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map to learn the current air quality index. Each category corresponds to a different level of health concern. The six levels of health concern and what they mean are:

  • Good is 0 to 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

  • Moderate is 51 to 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people.

  • Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups is 101 to 150. Although the general public is not likely to be affected at this range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.

  • Unhealthy is 151 to 200. Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects.

  • Very Unhealthy is 201 to 300. This would trigger a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects.

  • Hazardous is greater than 300. This would trigger a health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

Weather conditions and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires. Conditions can change as frequently as hourly. 
 



Klamath County Air Quality Zone (Map)

Map of Klamath County Air Quality Zone (Click to enlarge)


Report Violations

If you suspect a wood stove to be operating in violation of the current reported level please contact the air quality office at 541-883-5118 or file a complaint at http://www.klamathair.org/complaint.php