Air Quality in Shasta, Tehama Counties Deemed "Unhealthy"

Aug 2, 2013 12:54 PM

The air quality in Shasta and Tehama Counties are in the unhealthy range. Conditions will most likely vary from unhealthy to moderate over short periods of time as smoke from wildland fires in the Northstate drift over Tehama County.

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion. The Tehama County Air Pollution Control District advises that these sensitive categories stay indoors and avoid intense physical activity in those areas where high smoke levels are visibly evident.

While all persons may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals are at greatest risk at experiencing more aggravated symptoms which may include, but are not limited to coughing, scratchy throat, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing.

Persons experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should seek professional medical advice.

Scientific studies have linked fine particulate matter (smoke) with significant health problems, including premature death, respiratory related hospital admissions, aggravated asthma, acute respiratory symptoms (including severe chest pain, gasping, and aggravated coughing) chronic bronchitis, decreased lung function, and work and school absences.

In addition, all open burning is prohibited during this period.

For further information contact the Air Pollution Control District at (530) 527-3717.

The Shasta County Air Quality Management District is also advising smoke-sensitive residents of Shasta County to limit outdoor activities due to the continuing presence of wildfire smoke. The District operates one air quality monitor in Anderson that continuously monitors for small particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in size (PM2.5). The monitor has been indicating readings in the “Moderate” to “Unhealthy” range on the Air Quality Index (AQI).

There remains a visible haze over some areas of Shasta County. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should avoid prolonged exertion, everyone else should limit prolonged exertion in areas with a noticeable amount of smoke. Individuals wishing to minimize their exposure should. For additional information and updates you may call the Air Quality Management District at 225-5674.


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