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Smoke levels have been fluctuating between unhealthy to hazardous for the state of Oregon. Morgan Emerson at Deschutes Health Services says cloth masks won’t protect you from harmful smoke particles. She recommends a N95 respirator under your cloth mask. Emerson adds that avoiding outdoor activities, using a HEPA filter, and leaving the area will give you temporary relief from the smoke. If you are considering leaving the area, be advised that several highways and roads are closed. It’s recommended to check TripCheck.com before traveling.

 

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