[UPDATE 10:28 a.m.] Air Quality at Unhealthy Levels for Much of the Emerald Counties
Air quality for much of the Emerald Counties is now in the unhealthy level due to smoke mostly from the Camp Fire in Butte County which has consumed around 135,000 acres.
Although at an air quality index of 151, Eureka is on the low end (an index rating of 150 to 101 would be only unhealthy only for sensitive groups), this is still a serious level indicating that everyone may begin to have their health affected and those in sensitive groups may begin to have serious side effects.
UPDATE 10:28 a.m.: The local North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD) and partners reports a slightly lower level of concern;
Humboldt, Del Norte County & Trinity County
Increasing smoke impacts from the Camp Fire have been present in coastal areas of Humboldt and Del Norte County. Overall smoke impacts are forecast to be “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on weather and location. Weather forecasts indicate light northerly wind late this evening which should help bring some improvement in conditions.
It is anticipated that smoke will continue to linger in the area until conditions change. Smoke levels will vary depending on weather conditions and fire activity. As is typical for this time of year, overnight inversions will limit smoke dispersion until the day starts to warm up.
• Coastal Areas (Crescent City to Shelter Cove) – overall “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with brief periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
• Southern Humboldt – “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
• Inland Humboldt and Del Norte County – “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
• Trinity County – “Moderate” with periods of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Crescent City, Gasquet, Eureka, and Weaverville. 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.