PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE
AIR QUALITY ADVISORY
For Mendocino County
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 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 .