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Lack of winds and the fact that the fire "lays down" overnight makes for some very hazardous air quality in the Sisters area.

 

Frank Messina with the Department of Environmental Quality says they need to remind people that the air quality, especially in the early morning is very bad.  "It’s sorta like an inversion, when you get those cool mornings, and you have that warm air on top, it will just sock down and it will prevent a lot of wind. And it's great for firefighting, because hopefully, the dew and everything, you can try to help put it out. But it does affect low lying areas, and sisters happens to hit that area."

 

Messina says the Sisters area is hit the hardest because they are close to the fire, and recommends everyone stay inside as much as possible.

 

He says the weather forecast indicates there will be several mornings when the smoke will be particularly bad, but Bend and Redmond should be spared the dangerous levels.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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