Smoke from California fires causes unhealthy air |

Smoke from California fires causes unhealthy air

Capitol Bureau

What to during wildfire smoke events:

Stay indoors with windows and doors closed; run air-conditioner on “recirculate” setting. Keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

Minimize the use of swamp coolers. If it becomes too warm indoors, individuals may consider leaving the area to seek alternative shelter.

Do not add to indoor pollution. When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns, such as candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves.

Do not vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home.

Do not smoke, because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.

Follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and about your respiratory management plan if you have asthma or another lung disease. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

If you evacuate, make sure you take all essential medications along with you.

Do not rely on dust masks or N95 respirators for protection. If you wish to wear something, use a wet handkerchief or bandana to cover your mouth and nose. The key – keep it moist.

When driving, make sure to drive with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on “recirculate.”

Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise, during smoky conditions.

People who must spend time outdoors should drink plenty of fluids.

Additionally, pet owners should consider bringing their pets indoors out of the unhealthy air conditions, if possible. This is especially important for older pets.

Stay tuned to local radio and TV for emergency announcements about air quality.

Stay in touch with family and friends, especially if you live alone.

Carson City Health and Human Services

Parts of Northern Nevada are under air quality warnings after smoke from California has covered the region.

Air quality readings have climbed into the unhealthy range for sensitive groups. In Churchill County, officials said the quality could range from 50 to more than 100,

For the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101 to 150), individuals may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.

Officials said active children and adults, and people with asthma or lung disease should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

Smoke appears to be coming from the Soberanes fire in the scenic Big Sur region of the Central Coast. By Tuesday the fire destroyed 20 homes and threatened 1,650 others and burned more than 20,000 acres.

More than 1,300 personnel are battling the original 23-square-mile fire, which is burning mostly out of control in hard-to-reach, rugged mountainous terrain.

The fire was threatening about 1,650 mountain homes and burning mostly out of control.

In Southern California, a large majority of the roughly 20,000 evacuees from a huge wildfire north of Los Angeles will be allowed to return home.

Some evacuees have been away from their homes since the beginning of the weekend. About 10,000 homes had been under evacuation orders. It wasn’t clear exactly how many would remain on Monday night.

The fire has burned more than 51 square miles (132.09 sq. kilometers) of ridges and canyons between Los Angeles and suburban Santa Clarita since Friday.

That fire was pushing smoke toward Las Vegas.

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