Some people are at a higher risk from smoke exposure are:

  • People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or another respiratory infection

  • People with heart or lung conditions, such as asthma, COPD, or cardiovascular disease

  • Infants and children

  • Older adults

  • Pregnant people

Do not rely on masks or bandanas for protection. Not all masks are effective and can provide a false sense of protection from smoke. An “N95” respirator, properly worn, can offer some protection if you must be outside. Masks and face coverings help reduce transmission of COVID-19, but do not protect against smoke. 

Follow these recommendations based on current air quality: 

School Children and Outdoor Activities: Follow the Oregon Health Authority's guidance for recess, Physical education classes and sports. 

People experiencing homelessness: During conditions that are unsafe for sensitive groups (orange), people experiencing homelessness should seek periods of rest indoors, where air is likely to be cleaner. Anyone seeking shelter for someone experiencing homelessness or helping someone obtain shelter should call 2-1-1 first to see where space is available and to arrange transportation.

Outdoor Workers: During conditions that are unsafe for sensitive groups (orange), employers should consider offering alternative assignments for outdoor workers with respiratory sensitivity such as asthma. During unhealthy or hazardous conditions (red, purple, maroon), employers should consider alternative assignments for all outdoor workers. For more information visit Oregon OSHA's wildfire smoke page.

AQI chart and activity levels