For immediate release
Sept. 8, 2006
Contact: Anita Yoder, 530-889-4012, or Mike Fitch, 530-886-4515
AIR POLLUTION CONTROL OFFICER: Tom Christofk, 530-745-2321
The Ralston Fire, burning in the Tahoe National Forest, continues to create smoky conditions in the foothills, prompting the Placer County Health and Human Services Department and Placer County Air Pollution Control District to maintain a health advisory that was originally issued on September 6th (see attached) through the weekend and to augment it with the additional recommendations as outlined below.
“In a nutshell, if you can see or smell smoke, you should limit outdoor physical activities, and strongly consider canceling outdoor sporting events and other group physical activities,” PlacerCounty Health Officer Dr.Richard Burtonsaid .
People should generally avoid physical exertion during smoky conditions. Particularly affected are children and the elderly.
Dr. Burton and Air Pollution Control Officer Tom Christofk advise residents to take the situation into account as they plan weekend activities.
Smoky conditions vary considerably in PlacerCounty, because of the terrain and the weather. A specific location therefore may be smoky at one point and clear at another. Depending on where you are, you may or may not be impacted, and the situation could change very quickly.