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Health advisory lifted for Blue Lake

Health advisory lifted for Blue Lake
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FAIRVIEW, Ore. - An algae bloom that was discovered in Blue Lake, prompting a warning about the safety of the water, is now gone.

A health advisory was issued earlier this week after potentially dangerous blue-green algae was found in the water. That advisory has now been lifted after the bloom disappeared and tests came back showing the algae levels were below health guidelines.

Health officials say folks who recreate in bodies of water should always be alert to signs of algae blooms. You might notice that the water appears foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color. Or you might be able to see a mat of algae in the water.

Those signs are an indication that there could be a health hazard and you should probably avoid contact with the water.

For more information, you can call the Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance (HABS) program at (971) 673-0400 or visit their website for a complete list of health advisories. You can also call the Oregon Public Health Division's toll-free information line at (877) 290-6767.