Eugene/Springfield breathing 'a soupy mess'

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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.

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