Smoke from Valley, Butte fires impact North State air quality

Sep 14, 2015 12:34 PM by News Staff, Photo: Andres Olvera

Butte County health officials say today’s air quality will be in the “unhealthy” range.

The Butte County Public Health Office has issued an Air Quality Advisory to notify the public of poor air quality conditions in the area due to smoke from the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras Counties, the Valley Fire in Lake and Napa counties, and the Lumpkin Fire in Butte County.

Monday’s air quality is forecast to be in the “unhealthy” range in the foothill and mountain areas including Paradise and the Upper Ridge, and “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” in valley locations.

While anyone may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals, such as the young, the elderly, pregnant women, smokers, and those with respiratory conditions are of greatest risk at experiencing more aggravated symptoms which may include, but are not limited to coughing, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty in breathing.

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

Here are a few tips to help stay healthy when the air becomes “unhealthy”

  • Limit outdoor exertion by children, students and adults;
  • Reduction in travel including unnecessary driving;
  • Avoid the use of non-HEPA paper face mask filters which are not capable of filtering extra fine particulates;
  • Check or replace air conditioner filters.


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