A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Not a good time for hill climbing

Written September 15th, 2014 by Hasso Hering
The hazy view along Palestine Road N.W. Monday afternoon.

The hazy view along Palestine Road N.W. Monday afternoon.

Wondering where all that smoke came from about mid-day Monday? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says it came from a 2,300-acre wildfire near Estacada. Albany and Corvallis were among the places where the smoke was heaviest, according to a DEQ air quality map available online.

The DEQ was full of advice for what to do “during wildfire smoke events.” Among other things: “Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places with highest concentrations.” It’s good that we have someone to look after us.

The DEQ also says to stay indoors and avoid heavy exercise. So, evidently it would be a bad idea to hop on a bike and go up a bunch of steep hills.

As for how long this might last? Someone said up to 48 hours. Or until we get some kind of a breeze from the west. (hh)


2 responses to “Not a good time for hill climbing”

  1. Roger says:

    On September 3 1974 in Eugene, Steve Prefontaine ran a 3:58 mile during a workout in heavy smoke from field burning. If the DEQ had only been around back then……


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