Air quality in the county will continue to be affected by fires to the north until later this week, according to the Lake County Air Quality Management District. According to the district, the Six Rivers Lightning Complex fire and other minor regional fires in Northern California are to blame for the smoke impacts to Lake County that started over the weekend.
The Six Rivers Complex, which consists of three separate wildfires, has burned 19,272 acres and has a 17% containment rate. The Lake County air quality on Monday, according to measurements from air monitors, was “moderate,” according to the Air Quality Management District.
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On Monday, there was moderate to bad air quality throughout Lake County. However, the prognosis for air quality through Thursday ranges from “moderate” (AQI of 51-100) to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” (AQI of 101-151) and there is a chance that some regions could have “unhealthy” air quality for everyone on occasion.
The morning hours are predicted to be when areas with lower elevations would be most affected by smoke, with higher elevations likely to be affected throughout the day. Expect sporadic worsenings in the air quality. Forecasts suggest that circumstances may improve later this week. According to this district, the smoke forecast will be updated as needed and is based on the most recent meteorological, monitoring, and fire activity data.
The district is closely tracking the countywide effects of the smoke. You can also visit www.lcaqmd.net and use the quick links to check the air quality and smoke levels right now. Location, weather, elevation, and time of day can all affect how much smoke is there. Chemicals that are detrimental to your health are present in the smoke from buildings and wildfires. Smoke can irritate the eyes and throat, cause coughing, and make it difficult to breathe.
The most vulnerable groups to the effects of smoking include individuals who have heart illness, respiratory conditions (such asthma), small children, and older adults. These vulnerable populations ought to stay inside and abstain from strenuous activities. Everyone else should keep their outside and strenuous activity time to a minimum. Smoke can have an impact on even healthy persons. If your symptoms worsen or get more serious, seek medical attention.
To safeguard your health during a smoke incident, abide by following general precautions:
• Reduce or discontinue outside activities, especially physical activity.
• As much as possible, remain indoors and keep your doors and windows closed.
• Turn off fans that circulate smokey air from the outside, such as swamp coolers, whole-house fans, and fresh air ventilation systems.
• Only use your air conditioner if it won’t draw in smoke from the outside.
• Replace the regular air conditioner filter with one that is medium or high in efficiency. Use the “recirculate” or “recycle” setting on the device, IF IT IS AVAILABLE.
• Avoid smoking, frying food, and other practises that aggravate indoor air pollution.
Keep a watchful eye on your health if you have heart disease or lung disease (including asthma), and call your doctor if your symptoms get worse. If you experience persistent coughing, trouble breathing, wheezing, chest pain or tightness, palpitations, nausea, unusual exhaustion, or lightheadedness, you should think about leaving the area until the smoke conditions are better. Throughout this fire season, there may be isolated regions with poor air quality. whenever there is smoke, take the necessary precautions.