Northern Humboldt, Del Norte Likely to See Clearing of Smoke Out of Lower Klamath River Canyon, Coastal Sites by Evening, Says NCUAQMD

This is a press release from the North Coast Air Quality Management District:

Depending on conditions, the fires with the potential to impact our area are: Natchez Fire (Del Norte County), Klondike/Taylor Fires (Southern Oregon), Hirz Fires (Shasta County), and the Ranch Fire-Mendocino Complex (Mendocino-Lake County).

Humboldt & Del Norte County – No Air Quality Advisories were issued today.

USFS Air Resource Advisors (ARA) indicate that in Northern Humboldt and Del Norte we will likely see a clearing of smoke out of the lower Klamath River canyon and coastal sites by evening today, and the associated SW winds should push that smoke to the NE. As a result, there will likely be a return to good/moderate air quality in the lower Klamath (south of Orleans) and continued good/moderate air quality on the coast. Southern Humboldt may see periods of haze from the Mendocino Complex (Ranch Fire) as a shift to stronger southerly winds by midday brings smoke to the north. Hazy skies and light to moderate smoke impacts are expected to persist through late in the week.

  • Eureka – “Good” to “Moderate”
  • Crescent City – “Good” to “Moderate”
  • Gasquet – “Good” to “Moderate” with haze and smoke aloft
  • Klamath – “Good” to “Moderate” with haze and smoke aloft
  • Orleans – “Moderate” with likely clearing in evening
  • Weitchpec – “Moderate” with likely clearing in evening
  • Hoopa – “Moderate” with likely clearing in evening
  • Willow Creek – “Moderate” with likely clearing in evening
  • Garberville & Southern Humboldt – “Good” to “Moderate” depending on location

Trinity County – No Air Quality Advisories were issued today.

ARA on the Hirz Fire northwest of Redding indicates that fire activity has decreased and southwest winds will push smoke to the north of the fire. Southwest winds are forecast for the remainder of the week and there should be good to moderate conditions improving in the coming days.

  • Weaverville – “Good” with periods of “Moderate”
  • Lewiston – “Good” with periods of “Moderate”
  • Trinity Center – “Good” to “Moderate”

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Crescent City, Gasquet, Klamath, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Willow Creek, Eureka, Weaverville, and Garberville. 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).

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.

Cleaner Air Centers currently available:

Humboldt County

  • Hoopa Neighborhood Facility,11860 State Hwy 96, Hoopa; 8am to 5pm.
  • Hoopa Health Association Senior Nutrition Center will be available to tribal seniors; 768 Loop Road, Hoopa; 8am to 5pm.
  • Weitchpec Tribal Office, 23001 Highway 96, Weitchpec; 9am to 5pm.
  • Morek Won Community Center, 390 McKinnon Hill Road, Weitchpec; Mon-Fri 9am to 3pm.

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 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329). For further information, visit the District’s website at www.ncuaqmd.org.

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