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Air quality warnings issued for Butte, Shasta and Glenn Counties

County health officials in Butte, Shasta, and Glenn Counties have issued warnings about air quality due to smoke from multiple fires in the area, including the August Complex Fires.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 11:28 AM
Updated: Aug 19, 2020 2:36 PM

GLENN, SHASTA & BUTTE COUNTIES, Calif. - County health officials in Butte, Shasta, and Glenn Counties have issued warnings about air quality due to smoke from multiple fires in the area, including the August Complex Fires.

Regional air quality is forecast to reach potentially unhealthy levels, according to the agencies. 

Smoke impacts are expected to vary over the next several days depending on wind direction and the intensity of the fire activity.

While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the agencies warn that more sensitive populations, such as the young, the elderly, pregnant women, smokers, and those with respiratory conditions are of greatest risk to more aggravated symptoms which may include but are not limited to coughing, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing.

The agencies say that people experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should seek professional medical advice and treatment.

The following actions are recommended as needed in areas impacted by smoke during the poor air pollution periods:

  • Limit outdoor exertion, especially children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. 
  • Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible in buildings and vehicles.
  • When you need to be outside, limit your time in smoky conditions. If you need to wear an N-95 respirator, be sure it is worn correctly. Remember that a dust mask, cloth face covering, or medical mask will not filter out smoke. 
  • Try to limit sources of air pollution in your home (smoking, use of incense or candles, and frying food are some examples of indoor air pollution sources).
  • If you have air conditioning, make sure your setting is on “recirculate” both in your car and in your home to use inside air rather than drawing in air from the outside.
  • Use high-efficiency air filters (rated MERV-13 or higher) for your HVAC system if possible.
  • Portable HEPA filters can also be used (avoid Ozone-producing air purifiers). 

Glenn County information can be found by calling the Glenn County Air Pollution Control District at (530) 934-6500. Questions for residents in Butte County may be directed to 530-332-9400. For Shasta County information call (530) 225-5674.

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