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MCAQMD ADVISORIES

From time to time the District issues notices to the public on a variety of issues. Copies of those notices are stored on this page.


PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE

 

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

For Mendocino County

UPDATE

Friday, August 22, 2014 through Monday, August 25, 2014

The Lodge Complex fire burning in the Laytonville/ Leggett area combined with variable weather patterns continue to contribute to smoke, haze and air quality ranging from 'Good' to 'Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups' throughout the County and 'Unhealthy' for isolated areas. Firefighters continue to make good progress towards full containment.

Even though the fire is 95% contained as of August 22, 2014, smoke impacts from the fire will continue due to fire flare-ups and smoldering timbers. Low elevation valley and drainage areas could experience episodes of 'Unhealthy' air quality. Expect smoke to contribute to poor air quality until the weather brings a cooler and wetter system through the northern Mendocino County area.

Concentrations of smoke will vary depending upon location, weather, and distance from the fire. Smoke from wildfires contain harmful particles that can affect your health. Smoke in heavy concentrations can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. People who are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include: those with respiratory disease (such as asthma), those with heart disease, young children, and older adults. These sensitive populations should stay indoors and avoid prolonged activity. All others should limit prolonged or heavy activity and time spent outdoors. Even healthy adults can be affected by smoke.

Persons experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact a health care provider:
Headache; Repeated Coughing; Chest Tightness Or Pain; Difficulty In Breathing; or Nausea.

Information regarding the most current air quality readings and related information can be found on the District web site at www.mendoair.org

 



PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE

 

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

For Mendocino County

UPDATE

Monday, August 18, 2014 through Friday, August 22, 2014

The Lodge Complex fire burning in the Laytonville/ Leggett area combined with variable weather patterns continue to contribute to smoke, haze and air quality ranging from 'Good' to 'Unhealthy' throughout the County. Firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access, but continue to make good progress. Fire spread continues to lessen.

Concentrations of smoke will vary depending upon location, weather, and distance from the fire. Smoke from wildfires contain harmful chemicals that can affect your health. Smoke can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. People who are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include: those with respiratory disease (such as asthma), those with heart disease, young children, and older adults. These sensitive populations should stay indoors and avoid prolonged activity. All others should limit prolonged or heavy activity and time spent outdoors. Even healthy adults can be affected by smoke.

Persons experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact a health care provider:
Headache; Repeated Coughing; Chest Tightness Or Pain; Difficulty In Breathing; or Nausea.

Information regarding the most current air quality readings and related information can be found on the District web site at www.mendoair.org

 



PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE

 

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

For Mendocino County

UPDATE

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 through Monday, August 18, 2014

The Wilderness Lodge fire burning in the Laytonville area combined with varying weather patterns continue to contribute to unhealthy smoke, haze and varied air quality throughout the County. The fire is burning in heavy timber and firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access. Fire spread is expected to lessen, thanks to the efforts of the firefighters.

Smoke in the immediate vicinity of the fire in the communities of Laytonville, Leggett and Branscomb periodically reaches levels that are "Very Unhealthy". The increased pollutant level is creating a situation that impacts all individuals. Smoke will continue to impact air quality conditions from 'Good' to 'Unhealthy' for the next 30 to 60 days. Some residents may experience more severe smoke impacts accumulating in specific locations due to inversions and other weather effects.

The Air District, in conjunction with the Mendocino County Public Health Officer, advises that all individuals, especially the elderly, individuals with cardiac or respiratory disease and anyone else who is especially sensitive to air pollution should AVOID any outdoor activities. Elderly individuals and small children should attempt to stay with relatives out of the area if at all possible.

Persons experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact a health care provider:
Headache; Repeated Coughing; Chest Tightness Or Pain; Difficulty In Breathing; or Nausea.

Information regarding the most current air quality readings and related information can be found on the District web site at www.mendoair.org

 



PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE

 

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

For Mendocino County

UPDATE

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 through Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The wildfire burning in the Laytonville area combined with varying weather patterns continue contributing to unhealthy smoke, haze and degraded air quality throughout the County. The Wilderness Lodge fire is burning in heavy timber and firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access. Fire activity continues to grow to the East and South and may reach dangerous rates of spread dependant on weather conditions and fuels.

Air quality conditions are ranging from 'Moderate' to 'Unhealthy' in most areas of the County, dependant on weather conditions at the time. Some residents may experience more severe smoke impacts accumulating in specific locations.

Smoke in the immediate vicinity of the fire in the communities of Laytonville, Leggett and Branscomb remain at levels that are unhealthy. The increased pollutant level is creating a situation that could impact all individuals. As the fire grows and weather patterns shift, smoke is likely to remain especially heavy. Smoke concentrations in these areas may reach levels considered to be 'Very Unhealthy' under state and federal air quality standards.

The Air District, in conjunction with the Mendocino County Public Health Officer, advises that all individuals, especially the elderly, individuals with cardiac or respiratory disease and anyone else who is especially sensitive to air pollution should AVOID any outdoor activities. Elderly individuals and small children should attempt to stay with relatives out of the area if at all possible.

Persons experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact a health care provider:
Headache; Repeated Coughing; Chest Tightness Or Pain; Difficulty In Breathing; or Nausea.

Information regarding the most current air quality readings and related information can be found on the District web site at www.mendoair.org

 



PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE

 

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

For Mendocino County

 

Monday, August 11, 2014 until 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The wildfire burning in the Laytonville area combined with varying weather patterns continue contributing to unhealthy smoke, haze and degraded air quality throughout the County. The Wilderness Lodge fire is burning in heavy timber and firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access. Fire activity continues to grow to the East and South and may reach dangerous rates of spread dependant on weather conditions and fuels.

Air quality conditions are ranging from 'Moderate' to 'Unhealthy' in most areas of the County, dependant on weather conditions at the time. Some residents may experience more severe smoke impacts accumulating in specific locations.

Smoke in the immediate vicinity of the fire in the communities of Laytonville, Leggett and Branscomb remain at levels that are unhealthy. The increased pollutant level is creating a situation that could impact all individuals. As the fire grows and weather patterns shift, smoke is likely to remain especially heavy. Smoke concentrations in these areas may reach levels considered to be 'Very Unhealthy' under state and federal air quality standards.

The Air District, in conjunction with the Mendocino County Public Health Officer, advises that all individuals, especially the elderly, individuals with cardiac or respiratory disease and anyone else who is especially sensitive to air pollution should AVOID any outdoor activities. Elderly individuals and small children should attempt to stay with relatives out of the area if at all possible.

Persons experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact a health care provider:
Headache; Repeated Coughing; Chest Tightness Or Pain; Difficulty In Breathing; or Nausea.

Information regarding the most current air quality readings and related information can be found on the District web site at www.mendoair.org

 



PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE

 

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

For Mendocino County

 

Friday, August 8, 2014, through 10:00a.m. Monday, August 11, 2014

The wildfire burning in the Laytonville area combined with current weather patterns are resulting in smoke, haze and degraded air quality throughout the County. The Wilderness Lodge fire is burning in heavy timber and firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access. Fire activity is expected to increase on the northeast side of the fire while containment efforts continue.

Air quality conditions are ranging from good to moderate in most areas of the County, although some residents may experience moderate to unhealthy smoke accumulating in specific locations. Regional weather forecasts suggest that smoke impacts will continue for the immediate future.

Smoke in the immediate vicinity of the fire in the communities of Laytonville, Leggett and Branscomb remain at levels that are unhealthy. The increased pollutant level is creating a situation that could impact all individuals. Over the next few days, smoke is likely to remain especially heavy. Smoke concentrations in these areas may reach levels considered to be 'Very Unhealthy' under state and federal air quality standards.

The Air District, in conjunction with the Mendocino County Public Health Officer, advises that all individuals, especially the elderly, individuals with cardiac or respiratory disease and anyone else who is especially sensitive to air pollution should AVOID any outdoor activities.

Persons experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact a health care provider:
Headache; Repeated Coughing; Chest Tightness Or Pain; Difficulty In Breathing; or Nausea.

Information regarding the most current air quality readings and related information can be found on the District web site at www.mendoair.org

 



PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE

 

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY

For Mendocino County

 

Thursday, August 7, 2014 through 10:00a.m. Friday, August 8, 2014

Multiple wildfires burning in the Laytonville area as well as Northern California and Southern Oregon, combined with current weather patterns are resulting in smoke, haze and degraded air quality throughout the County. The Wilderness Lodge fire is burning in heavy timber and firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access. Fire activity is expected to increase on the northeast side of the fire while containment efforts continue.

Air quality conditions are ranging from good to moderate in most areas of the County, although some residents may experience moderate to unhealthy smoke accumulating in specific locations. Regional weather patterns suggest that the smoke impacts will continue for the immediate future.

Smoke in the immediate vicinity of the fire in the communities of Laytonville, Leggett and Branscomb remains at levels that are unhealthy. The increased pollutant level is creating a situation that could impact all individuals. Over the next few days, smoke is likely to remain especially heavy. Smoke concentrations in these areas may reach levels considered to be 'Very Unhealthy' under state and federal air quality standards

The Air District, in conjunction with the Mendocino County Public Health Officer, advises that all individuals, especially the elderly, individuals with cardiac or respiratory disease and anyone else who is especially sensitive to air pollution should AVOID any outdoor activities in these areas. Everyone else should limit prolonged outdoor activities ad much as possible.

Persons experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact a health care provider:
Headache; Repeated Coughing; Chest Tightness Or Pain; Difficulty In Breathing; or Nausea.

Information regarding the most current air quality readings and related information can be found on the District web site at www.mendoair.org

 


Advisory on waste oil shop heaters - waste oil shop heaters are illegal in California

Advisory on portable equipment - Portable equipment permitting is complex and confusing. This advisory explains the basics - please contact the District if you own or operate portable equipment in Mendocino County.

Smoke and your health (USFS) - Information about the health impacts of smoke from Wildfires. Provided by the US Forest Service.

Please contact the District with any questions.

Last Update 11/03/2009