Smoke filling the Umpqua Valley, but no new fires

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Douglas Forest Protective Association says that no new fires have started on their protected lands, but smoke is rolling into our area from fires south of us.

As the afternoon wore on Thursday, smoke started dropping into the valley.

Kyle Reed from DFPA says this is from the storm system pushing the smoke into our area from the Southern Oregon fires still burning.

A Red Flag warning is still in effect for much of Douglas County, as that system threatens lightning strikes.

People with respiratory problems are always encouraged to stay indoors when air quality drops due to smoke.

For the latest on air quality in our area, you can find it here.

Officials want to remind people to restrict any outdoor activity during times when smoke concentrations are high.

People with any of the following symptoms should contact their health care provider:

  • Repeated coughing
  • Light headedness
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unusual fatigue

The health department says people with heart disease or lung conditions should follow the advice of their health care provider about prevention and treatment of symptoms.