Eugene/Springfield breathing 'a soupy mess'
By KVAL.com staff
EUGENE and SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- While Roseburg residents inhale smoke from a raging wildfire east of Glide, residents of the Eugene/Springfield area are enjoying a soupy mess of things like car exhaust, farm dust and other particulate matter.
That's according to Sally Markos with Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, who told KVAL News the haze today is different from Tuesday's haze caused by high ozone levels.
On Wednesday morning, health officials in Douglas County advised the elderly, the very young and people with breathing problems to avoid going outside due to the air. By Wednesday afteroon, Roseburg had the worst air in the state as measures by the Department of Environmental Quality's Air Quality Index. http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx
Even so, Roseburg's air is considered "moderate" and a risk to about 15 percent of the populace, Markos said.
What a way to start a beautiful weekend on the Oregon coast
Patch, our cat is waiting for breakfast as he enjoys the Sun in Lowell while the Valley and Eugene has a blanket of fog. A 13 mile drive to Lowell east of I-5 and you can escape the fog that Eugene residents put up with. It is worth the short commute to live out of the fog for most of the winter.
A short 13 mile drive east to Lowell and you can escape the Valley fog. 95% of the time that Eugene is socked in with fog there is blues skies in Lowell.