Smoke From Fires to the North and East Are Impacting the Emerald Counties
Press release from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD):
Numerous fires remain active throughout Oregon and Northern California. The main fires that have the potential to impact our area are the Natchez Fire (N/E Del Norte County, CA), Carr Fire (Shasta County, CA), Garner Complex (Southern OR), and Klondike Fire (OR).
Expect smoke from these northern fires to pool along the river drainages, impacting the very northern interior portions of Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. Depending upon location, air quality along the coast is expected to remain generally “Good” to “Moderate” with periods of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG)”.
The Carr Fire east of Weaverville in Shasta County may present widespread haze to the
Trinity Center, Lewiston, and Weaverville areas.
Klamath is expected to have “Good” conditions with periods of “Moderate” air quality.
Gasquet is forecast to have “Moderate” conditions on Friday, but transition to “USG” on Saturday.
Orleans and Hoopa are forecast to have “Moderate” conditions with periods of “USG” and “Unhealthy”, but transition to generally “USG” on Saturday. Periods of “Unhealthy” may occur in the evening time in the valley.
Weaverville area is forecast to have “Moderate” conditions with periods of “USG” and “Unhealthy” today, and perhaps even worsen over the weekend depending upon the Carr fire’s behavior. Periods of “Unhealthy” may occur in the evening time.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Gasquet, Klamath, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Weaverville, and Eureka. Fire information can be found at
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov. Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.
Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory
Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329).
Health Information for Smoke Impacts
Concentrations of smoke may vary depending upon location, weather, and distance from the fire. Smoke from wildfires and structure fires contain harmful chemicals that can affect your health. Smoke can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
People who are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include: those with respiratory disease (such as asthma), those with heart disease, young children, and older adults.
These sensitive populations should stay indoors and avoid prolonged activity. All others should limit prolonged or heavy activity and time spent outdoors. Even healthy adults can be affected by smoke. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe.
If you can see, taste, or feel smoke, contact your local health department and/or primary healthcare provider. This is especially important if you have health concerns, are elderly, are pregnant, or have a child in your care.
Follow these general precautions to protect your health during a smoke event:
Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise
Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible
Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside – examples include swamp
coolers, whole-house fans, and fresh air ventilation systems
Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors. Change
the standard air conditioner filter to a medium or high efficiency filter. If available, use
the “re-circulate” or “recycle” setting on the unit
Do not smoke, fry food, or do other things that will create indoor air pollution
If you have lung disease (including asthma) or heart disease, closely monitor your health and contact your doctor if you have symptoms that worsen.
Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you have repeated coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea, unusual fatigue, lightheadedness.
For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at
For further information, visit the District’s website at