King Fire smoke continuing to impact air quality

Sep 16, 2014 1:44 PM by News Staff

The rapidly spreading King Fire in El Dorado County is likely to continue impacting air quality in Butte County, and areas into the Sierra Valley and Lassen County over the next few days.

Assuming the fire continues to burn transport winds are forecast to be south/southwest through Wednesday. These wind conditions will push smoke in our direction, north/northeast.

On Thursday winds are expected to shift to more of a westerly direction, but that still means likely smoke impacts to our area. Relief can be expected on Friday when winds are forecast to switch to a northeasterly direction, and should continue into the weekend.

Subtle changes in wind direction and fire activity can make big differences in smoke transport, but it would still be wise to expect periods of diminished air quality through Thursday.

With the change in air quality conditions Butte County Air Quality Officials recommend limited outdoor exertion, and a reduction in travel.

Anyone can experience varying degrees of symptoms in the impacted areas, but more sensitive individuals like the young, aged and people with respiratory conditions are considered at risk for experiencing watery and itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and coughing.

(Photo Courtesy: Reno National Weather Service)


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