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Citing poor air quality due to wildfires, all county sites will be closed to the public

PMG PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A smoke-filled sky blankets the air above Mountainside High School in Beaverton Wednesday, Sept. 9. Due to poor air quality, all Washington County facilities will remain closed.With smoke and ash blanketing the air, Washington County announced Sunday evening, Sept. 13 that all county facilities will be closed to the public Monday, extending a previous closure notice.

Citing poor air quality throughout the region, the county is asking the public to monitor the Washington County website or social media feeds to learn more about air quality and emergency response. Wildfire updates can be found here.

Despite two fires in Washington County—the Powerline Fire and Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak fire—being largely contained, and evacuation orders downgraded to allow residents to return home, smoke from those and other wildfires in Oregon continues to coat the sky. Air quality remains at hazardous levels, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Despite the building closures, law enforcement and many support service functions and emergency response operations will continue.

County employees are advised to check with their supervisors for more guidance.


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