Shasta County coping with smoky conditions from fires

Smoky skies from the fires burning in Northern California hung over Shasta County on Thursday. But that didn’t stop vendors and shoppers from showing up at the Farmers Market on Thursday.

Posted: Aug 12, 2021 5:37 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2021 5:37 PM

ANDERSON, Calif. - Smoky skies from the fires burning in Northern California hung over Shasta County on Thursday.

But that didn’t stop vendors and shoppers from showing up at the Farmers Market on Thursday.

“We still get a lot of customers that come out here and support us. They still want their fresh produce, their baked goods, and crafts,” said Joshua Heatherly, the Vice President of the Shasta Growers Association.

“So, we really appreciate those people and understand the people that are choosing to stay home at this time. It's not fun to be in this.”

But it's not just the smoke. The Dixie Fire also impacting vendors from selling at other markets.

“One of the big ones that we go to is in Susanville and due to the fires last few weeks, we haven't been able to go,” said Emily Chrasta, who worked with Julia’s Fruit Stand for several years.

“The last time we went to Susanville we had to go through Redding and then cut over to Susanville. We've made it worked but there have been issues.”

The Shasta Growers' Association said a lot of vendors rely on the farmer's market for business. The organization said it doesn’t plan to cancel this weekend’s farmers market.

But the bad air quality from the fires is forcing some football teams to make changes to how they practice.

Over at Anderson Union High School, it was an empty field and bleachers and a hazy sky. The bad air forcing practicing off the field and inside

“Due to the fires, we monitor air quality daily,” said Brian Parker, the principal at Anderson Union High School.

“It's a day by decision. Sometimes the wind changes directions and it’s clean air, but if the wind reverses and it's smoky we go inside.”

The school said if the AQI is over 150 they move practice indoors.

Action News Now also reached out to Redding Christian School. The school said on bad air quality days, players will stretch and do walkthrough plays but no hard drills. They will also do conditioning in the gym if it is available.

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