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The Pole Creek Fire continues to produce lot of smoke in the area and for some, it's becoming dangerous.

 

Frank Messina with the Department of Environmental Quality says folks with asthma or other respiratory problems are probably already feeling the effects; and even healthy people are beginning to feel it.

 

"Healthy folks should be cautions on breathing in these particulates, what we call pm 2.5 small particulates, to prevent them from breathing them deep into their lungs. I mean, it's not a logical idea to go out and exert yourself in these kind of smoke impact conditions."

 

Messina says the smoke has reached most of Central Oregon now, and weather conditions mean the "inversion" we are experiencing now will be with us for a while longer.

 

He encourages anyone that feels poorly to see their doctor and for everyone to try to stay indoors as much as possible to minimize the impact from breathing smoke and ash.

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