Tyler Johnson, [email protected]
ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (July 26, 2021) – The wildfires in southwest Oregon is one of the largest in the state’s history.
According to U.S. National Weather Service meteorologist Trevor Lavoie, the Bootleg Fire is the main cause for the smoky atmosphere and poor air quality alerts in the western part of Wyoming.
With rain showers in the forecast, Lavoie said that should help clear up the atmosphere.
However, Lavoie noted that the hazy skies will continue until firefighters are able to put out the wildfires, which is a daunting task considering they can’t attack the Bootleg Fire from the north side.
He said they’re containing it and just letting it burn until it goes out.
According to the incident information system, Bootleg Fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest just northeast of Sprague River and the Log Fire located just southwest Summer Lake merged into one on July 19.
The size of the fire is at 408,611 acres with 53% of the perimeter contained.
As a result of the poor air quality, the Wyoming Department of Health recommends that the elderly, young children, and individuals with respiratory problems avoid excessive physical exertion and minimize outdoor activities during this time.
Wildfire smoke is made up of a variety of pollutants, including particulate matter and ozone, which can cause respiratory health effects.
Although these people are most susceptible to health impacts, the Department of Health also advises that everyone should avoid prolonged exposure to poor air quality conditions.