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Smoke from wildfires causing unhealthy air conditions

The wildfires that continue to burn across the state are causing some unhealthy air conditions.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 6:30 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2020 8:56 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – The wildfires that continue to burn across the state are causing some unhealthy air conditions.

All the smoke blowing into Shasta County is coming from the August Complex Fires and the Elkhorn Fire. Smoke and ash covering the area for the past two days.

“I'd say with the amount fires that are going on right now, we're going to be dealing with this for a fair amount of time,” said John Waldrop, the Air Quality District Manager.

But some areas are worse than others. Most of Redding has been in the good to moderate categories when it comes to air quality says, Waldrop. But out east, towards Shingletown, Round Mountain, Oak Run, and Burney smoke is appearing at higher concentrations. Putting those areas in the unhealthy group.

But some people say they didn’t notice the smoke.

“I was gardening yesterday and I didn't notice it until I took a picture and I saw it was hazy,” said Paula Baird of Redding. “It didn’t stop me from gardening.”

While others have learned to live with the smoky conditions.

“We spend 95% of our time outside, so it's just dealing with the elements,” said Jared Ker of Red Bluff. “We're just used to it.

But Air Quality District Manager John Waldrop expects the smoke to hang around for a while. Waldrop advises elderly people or those with underlying health conditions to stay indoors.

CLICK HERE for the latest updates on wildfires across the North State.

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