AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE
AIR QUALITY ADVISORY
For Mendocino County
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 .