Air Quality Health & Safety

Oregon Air Quality Map

Portland Oregon Air Quality Wildfire Smoke

Air quality in Oregon is monitored, mapped and displayed by the U.S. federal government and tracked live at Check here for the most up-to-date information on current air quality and air quality forecasting. Smoke forecasting is also available here

That website also serves as a resource for how to best protect yourself and your family in response to wildfire smoke, and addresses the following issues: 

How to reduce exposure to wildfire smoke

How to know if smoke will be in your area

How to protect your health when you do not have air conditioning/HVAC

When to wear a mask

Health effects of wildfire smoke

Health effects of ash

What’s in wildfire smoke

When local officials issue warnings or cancel local activities

 Where can I go for information about wildfire smoke and Coronavirus (COVID-19)?


Steps to Rebuilding After Fire

In this excellent post by attorney Fred Hertz, there are several key concepts for homeowners and business owners to grasp in thinking about how to rebuild after a wildfire disaster. 

Understanding Where to Begin

For most home owners (and business owners), there will be a few key steps: 

  1. Finding temporary housing and household items;
  2. Submit and resolve an insurance claim; 
  3. Cleaning up the property to build or sell;
  4. Rebuilding of the structure or selling the parcel.

The intention of Rebuild Oregon is to assist wildfire survivors by acting as a resource to rebuilding their homes and businesses or selling their property. 

Read the article here.