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Unhealthy to hazardous air quality through the weekend

We are expecting to see extremely dense smoke across Central Oregon through the weekend, which will lead to unhealthy and even hazardous air quality across the region.

In fact, according to the Department of Environmental Quality's Air Quality Index, Sisters started Friday morning at a 501, the worst measurement in the entire state. Bend was not too far behind at a 375.

Anything at or above 300 on the AQI indicates hazardous air quality.

For those reasons, our Air Quality Alert is still in effect through Monday at 11 a.m.

Experts are advising you close your doors and windows, as well as limit your outdoor activity this weekend, to keep yourself and your family safe.

There's a possibility next week could look a little different, however.

Right now, it looks like we have between a 20%-45% chance at seeing showers Monday evening through Thursday.

Don't forget to download our free KTVZ Local Alert Weather app for the most current conditions and we'll help keep you safe with customizable alerts.




Max Goldwasser

Max Goldwasser is a reporter and producer for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Max here.



  1. According to KATU’s meteorologist Dave Salesky- he’s never seen an air quality index rating above 500 in the state of Oregon ever… well guess what Dave… Turner Cascade Jr High recorded a pollution level of 981 at 8:15 this morning ! And Sisters Oregon ? 622 !!!

    Thanks Kate- another record for your misery file- you’ve done the Demokrat Party proud !

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