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Smoke from Oregon fire poses health risk

Fumes from a 21,000 acre wildfire burning north of Glendale, Oregon are blowing across Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a health advisory for area residents this afternoon.

According to the district, as smoke is swept from the coastline by onshore winds, elevated particulate matter will reach unhealthy levels. As smoke can irritate eyes and airways and trigger asthma attacks, residents are advised to limit outdoor activity and to remain indoors and close all windows and doors. People with asthma, heart and lung diseases are advised to follow their doctor’s directions for treatment, as well as possibly leave the area.

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, the wildfire was caused by lightening and was 2 percent contained as of 3 p.m. Monday.

For real-time air quality updates, visit baaqmd.gov or sparetheair.org.

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