Air quality will remain compromised today, forecasts say

Air quality in Medford remains unhealthful for people with heart and lung conditions and isn't expected to improve much today.

Department of Environmental Quality monitoring stations in Medford and Shady Cove report that the amount of small particles in the air remains unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The air-quality index value as of 10 a.m. in Medford was 112, while Shady Cove reported 115. Anything higher than 101 is considered unhealthy for children, the elderly and people with heart and lung conditions.

The forecast at, a website developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and other governmental agencies to provide information about air quality, predicts that Medford's air-quality index will remain unhealthy for sensitive groups, nearing 150 today. Values above 150 are considered unhealthy for everyone.

The index numbers in Grants Pass and Provolt remain above that benchmark, with Grants Pass reporting 195 and Provolt 185 at 10 a.m.

Cave Junction's air quality, which reached levels considered hazardous on Monday evening, was listed as moderate this morning.

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