Health officials warn air quality to reach "unhealthy levels"

Aug 10, 2015 11:22 AM by News Staff, Photo of the Rocky Fire via Ed Joyce/MGN

Smoke from wildfires burning in Northern California have prompted local health officials to issue air quality warnings in the North State.

According to Tehama County Air Pollution Officer Kristin Hall-Stein, the air quality in parts of Tehama County is in the unhealthy range and air quality throughout the county is expected to reach unhealthy levels Monday.

Butte County health officials say the air quality for Monday and Tuesday is forecasted as moderate, but depending on wind direction, smoky conditions may occasionally exist at ground level in parts of the county. Shasta County officials say an air quality monitor in Anderson has been reading in the "unhealthy" range.

Residents throughout the North State, particularly children and those with respiratory diseases like asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

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.

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


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