... Air quality advisory for Mendocino County...
Inland areas of Mendocino County are experiencing extended episodes
of 'unhealthy' ranges. This may continue for most of this week
until the fires are out. Preliminary weather forecasts suggests
potential precipitation later this week for Thursday/Friday. Good
news for fire suppression efforts in northern California and
healthier air for Mendocino County.
Weather forecast models are for light and variable northerly
winds and patchy smoke. Warmer temperatures along with higher
pressures have brought more frequent episodes of smoke impacts.
Communities surrounding these wildfires are most likely to be
Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Calpella, Ukiah, Hopland and
Willits. While surrounding wildfires are active expect
unpredictable intense smoke impacts to air quality followed by
multiple periods of some relief.
Air quality in the unhealthy range affects everyone. When
air quality is in this range, it is advised to avoid prolonged or
heavy activity and avoid spending time outdoors. If possible, stay
indoors and avoid strenuous activity.
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 or heart disease, Young children, and older
adults. These sensitive populations should stay indoors and avoid
prolonged activity. Even healthy adults can be affected by smoke.
When air conditions are unhealthy, everyone should limit prolonged
or heavy exertion activities outdoors.
Persons experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact
a health care provider... headache, repeated coughing, chest
tightness or pain, difficulty breath, or nausea.
New fire activity and wind directions and wind speeds can change at
any time. It is advised to be prepared and stay informed. Impacts
to the air quality will be most noticeable in the evening to early
The Mendocino County air quality management district has
particulate monitors running continuously measuring our air
quality. These monitors report particulate matter concentrations
hourly and to the air district's website. To get the latest air
quality information for Mendocino County visit mendo air dot o r
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Issued: 2:48 PM PDT Oct. 16, 2017 – National Weather Service