AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE
AIR QUALITY ADVISORY
For Mendocino County
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, especially in areas of heavy smoke accumulations. 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 .