The Placer County Public Health Officer and Placer County Air Pollution Control District are re-issuing a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of the potential of continued poor air quality conditions in areas of Placer County due to smoke from the Camp Fire currently burning in Butte County. This advisory will be active for today through Wednesday, Nov. 21. While smoke impacts are currently reduced from the peaks that were seen over the last several days, they remain intermittent and variable based on winds and fire activity.
Residents should use precaution before undergoing outdoor activities. Poor air quality has the potential to cause negative health impacts, particularly for sensitive groups. These potential negative health impacts may be exacerbated by prolonged smoke exposure.
Smoke contains very tiny particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals — such as young, aged and those with respiratory conditions — are at greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include but are not limited to coughing, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat and difficulty in breathing.
If you can see or smell smoke, avoid unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced.
Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:
Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed; if possible run the air conditioner on the “recirculation” setting
Limit outdoor exertion and physical activity
Leave the smoke-impacted areas until conditions improve, if possible
Reduce unnecessary driving. If traveling through smoke-impacted areas, be sure that your vehicle’s ventilation system is on recirculate
Avoid the use of non‐HEPA paper face mask filters, which are not capable of filtering out extra fine particulates
Anyone experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should seek professional medical advice and treatment if they have any questions or concerns.
Keep in mind that air quality can change rapidly at different times during the day due to wind shifts; therefore, it is important to monitor the smoke throughout the day in your area and make outdoor plans accordingly.
Information on air quality and smoke can be found at www.placerair.org/infoandeducation/wildfiresmoke or www.sparetheair.com . Additional statewide information can be found at the California Smoke Blog at www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com .