Sunday, August 26, 2012

Smoky Out There

Fire season, whatcha gonna do?

What I'd like to know is whether the air is considered safe or risky for folk, like Mrs Elliott, who have respiratory difficulties. Down in the SoCal basins of crappy air, the AQMD issues advisories about air quality.* I can't seem to find anything like that for Central Oregon.

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*  Generally along the lines of "people should stay indoors."

6 comments:

  1. Typical Cali. You need the gubmint to tell you what you can see out your window.

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  2. LOL. Yeah.

    Today's wildfire smoke might be fairly innocuous or it might be dangerous for those with respiratory problems, I don't know, because in SoCal, in the LA Basin, Eastern San Diego County, and hellholes like Morongo Valley, it ain't what you can see that can fuck you up, it's what you can't see--like ozone--that can kill ya.

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  3. Anonymous Coward: You're a typical Central Oregon idiot. "Science? I ain't got no need fer that socialist gubmint science!" 10 to 1 you're a creationist and a global warming denier too.

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  4. "Anonymous" (if that really is his name) says that only a Cali would "[...] need the gubmint to tell you what you can see out your window."

    He's right. At http://opbapp-production.herokuapp.com/news/article/air-quality-in-central-southern-oregon-suffering-as-wildfires-burn/ I read that William Knight, a spokesman for Oregon's DEQ is "urging people to stay indoors when it's smoky outside." and that he says that "[...] wildfire smoke is known to contain a host of cancer-causing agents that that can become lodged deep in the lungs if inhaled."

    That's good enough for me. If I can't hardly see Bessie Butte from my kitchen window, I'm gonna limit my outdoors time.

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  5. "William Knight, a spokesman for Oregon's DEQ is "urging people to stay indoors when it's smoky outside."

    But there are degrees of smokiness. How much smoke is tolerable and how much is unhealthy? That's what those gubmint ratings are for.

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