Tuesday, August 14, 2018

'Unhealthy' Air Quality in Orleans, Hoopa, Weitchpec

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 11:14 AM

click to enlarge Satellite imagine of wildfire smoke. - NWS
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  • Satellite imagine of wildfire smoke.
Orleans, Hoopa and Weitchpec will likely see unhealthy air quality conditions today and tomorrow due to ongoing impacts from wildfire smoke, according to the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District.

People with heart or lung disease, the elderly, children and pregnant women are cautioned to “avoid all prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion,” during these conditions, although an uptick in light southerly winds expected in the coming days may bring some “limited relief,” according to a release from the district.


Releases from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District:
Continued fire activity from the Carr, Mendocino Complex, and Oregon fires continue to send smoke into the area. Weak inversions in the valleys and drainages will keep smoke levels elevated. Light southerly winds over the next couple of days will bring limited relief.
This forecast is expected to remain in effect until August 15, 2018.
Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329). Please see the NCUAQMD’s Public Service Announcements for recommendations on limiting smoke exposure on our website at www.ncuaqmd.org Cleaner Air Centers currently available: Trinity County ▪ Lewiston Community Center, 302 Texas Ave, Lewiston, 8am to 5pm. ▪ Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 103 Memorial Drive, Weaverville, 8am to 5pm.
An Air Quality Advisory for “Unhealthy” conditions has been issued today (8/14) for Orleans, Hoopa, and Weitchpec. Weak inversion conditions are expected and smoke will linger in drainage areas. Coastal areas could have minor smoke impacts this morning (8/14) as Northeast winds transport smoke from southern OR fires. Smoke originating from wildfires in Canada and has also been slowly moving down along the coast. Smoke from the Mendocino Complex is expected to again make its way northward into the inland areas.
The monitor in Garberville continues to indicate “Good” to “Moderate” conditions as the smoke seems to be staying to the East in the Eel River drainage. Trinity County Weak inversions in the valleys and drainages will continue to keep smoke levels elevated. Light southerly winds over the next couple of days will bring limited relief. An Air Quality Advisory for “Unhealthy” conditions has been issued today (8/14) for Weaverville, Lewiston, and Trinity Center. Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Crescent City, Gasquet, Klamath, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Eureka, Weaverville, Lewiston, and Garberville.
Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call tollfree at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329). Fire information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov. Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.

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