North State air quality index "unhealthy"

Sep 23, 2014 3:26 PM by News Staff

The King Fire is continuing to spread smoke towards the North State, prompting county officials to issue air quality warnings.

InTehama and Shasta Counties, the air quality is in the unhealthy range, and in Butte County, officials say the air quality is "unhealthy for sensitive groups".

Smoke impacts for the North State are expected to vary each day, depending on wind directions and the intensity of fire activity.

With expected poor conditions, 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.

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

The King Fire is burning east of Sacramento has burned through 139 square miles as of Monday morning and is 35 percent contained. The blaze has destroyed 10 homes around the community of Pollock Pines since it began Sept. 13. 21,000 homes remain threatened and roughly 2,700 people have been evacuated.


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