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Some survivors still concerned about post-Camp Fire air quality in Butte County

Additional air monitors were positioned in several parts of Butte County after the Camp Fire, and also in areas that are accepting loads of debris.

Posted: Jul 2, 2019 5:27 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Ever since the Camp Fire happened in early November the government has been tracking the air quality in Paradise, Magalia, and Oroville.

Action News Now reporter Amy Lanski spoke to Butte County Air Quality Management to find out more about the testing.

Additional air monitors were positioned in the Camp Fire burn scar and also in areas that are accepting loads of debris.

Jason Mandly from the Butte Air Quality Management District said, "That data is to help ... their crews figure out and make sure they are complying with dust regulations."

"If they see any form of spikes they will be able to feed that into their operations," Mandly continued, saying that operators can then react quickly and put water on the ground where there might be dust.

The results are also available to the public online. Just CLICK HERE to find the current Air Quality Index (AQI) values at different air quality monitoring sites in Butte County.

Mandly said the air quality in Butte County has overall been 'good-to-moderate' since the Camp Fire.

One Camp Fire survivor said she has had more difficulty breathing after the fire.

"I tend to wheeze more," she said. She said she can't for sure say it's because of the fire. "I think it's going to take time to find actual results of our health as a result of the Camp Fire." 

The fire survivor is getting a lung scan in July to check on the progression of her respiratory issues since the fire.

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