Due to several wildfires burning throughout the Northwest, air quality in the Salem area has deteriorated to “unhealthy” levels on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Willamette staff members are monitoring reports from the Department of Environmental Quality and taking necessary precautions based on the levels of smoke in the area.
As the smoke is coupled with high temperatures, community members should use caution and limit outdoor activities. It’s important to drink plenty of water and stay indoors. Windows and doors should be closed.
Students experiencing issues with the smoke may pick up masks at the Bishop Wellness Center (Baxter Hall) or through Campus Safety (University Services Building).
The Department of Athletics is also working with coaches to revise practice schedules and routines as appropriate.
The National Weather Service forecasts changing wind conditions late on Tuesday that could bring cooler air into the Willamette Valley and push fire smoke out of the area.