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Air quality alert through Friday

POLK COUNTY — The Southwest Clean Air Agency and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a smoke air quality alert earlier this week.

As of press time, the alert will remain active until noon on Friday.

Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels at times through Friday morning.

The alert stated that for much of the region, conditions are expected to improve through the middle part of the week.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and other serious health problems.

ODEQ recommends limiting outdoor activities and keeping children indoors if smoky.

Conditions caused Dallas High School to cancel soccer matches scheduled for Tuesday after press time.

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