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Finally! The Smoke Starts To Clear

Air Quality Index readings from around the region early Friday morning.
Air Quality Index readings from around the region early Friday morning.

Shifting weather conditions - plus progress on major wildfires in the region - results in improved air quality in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

After more than a week of persistent heavy smoke from wildfires, the air in most parts of the region is improving.

From Redding to Roseburg, Air Quality Index readings ranging from Unhealthy to off-the-scale Hazardous have turned to Moderate or even Good.

Coastal areas which rarely experience bad air quality have returned to Good-rated AIQ readings after a week of Unhealthy or worse.

Inland, the Rogue Valley is seeing Moderate levels of pollution from Ashland to Grants Pass, after enduring days of Hazardous-level readings in the 450 to 500 range.

Cave Junction and Etna, and Crater Lake - which are near the Slater and Archie Creek Fires respectively - have readings in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range.

The only readings that remain in the Unhealthy range are at Trinity Center, Provolt and Chiloquin.

Public health officials say weather trends over the next few days should continue that trend,