Coastal Humboldt, Del Norte Will See Northerly Winds This Week with Offshore Winds Inland

This is a press release from the North Coast Unified 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), Delta Fire (Shasta County),

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

Coastal areas of Humboldt and Del Norte County will see northerly winds through the week with offshore winds inland. Coastal smoke impacts have been minimal but may see some impacts due to an increase in fire activity and offshore winds inland. Significant containment has been achieved on all wildfires. Combined smoke from the fires in southern Oregon and the Natchez fire north of Gasquet will move south due to north to northeast winds. Smoke impacts will increase as smoke settles into the drainages overnight into morning hours.

  • Coastal Areas (Crescent City to Shelter Cove) – overall “Good”
  • Orleans, Weitchpec and Klamath Glen – “Moderate” to “Good during the day and degrading later in the day and overnight as smoke pools in the drainage
  • Hoopa and Willow Creek – “Moderate” to Good” during the day and degrading later in the day and overnight as smoke pools in the drainage
  • Gasquet (and Inland Del Norte) – “Moderate” to Good” during the day and degrading later in the day and overnight as smoke pools in the drainage
  • Garberville (and Southern Humboldt) – “Good”

Trinity County – No Air Quality Advisories were issued today

Trinity County will see increased smoke impacts as fire activity increases due to warmer conditions and increased easterly winds. Accumulated smoke will settle into the drainages overnight into the morning hours.

  • Weaverville – “Good” to “Moderate” throughout the day and degrading overnight into the morning hours as smoke settles into drainages
  • Lewiston – “Good” to “Moderate” throughout the day degrading overnight into the morning hours as smoke settles into drainages
  • Trinity Center area – “Moderate” with periods of “USG” degrading overnight into the morning hours as smoke settles into drainages
  • Inland Trinity County – “Good” to “Moderate” degrading overnight into the morning hours as smoke settles into drainages

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.

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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