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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
306 PM PDT FRI JUL 31 2015

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

|...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY...

DUE TO VERY DRY CONDITIONS AND HIGHER THAN USUAL TEMPERATURES,
WILDFIRES ARE OCCURRING AROUND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AS WELL AS MOST
OF THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. THESE FIRES ARE BEGINNING TO IMPACT
PARTS OF MENDOCINO COUNTY. THE ROCKY FIRE CONTINUES TO GROW IN
LAKE COUNTY, RESULTING IN SMOKE, HAZE AND DEGRADED AIR QUALITY
FOR PORTIONS OF LAKE AND SOUTHERN MENDOCINO COUNTY. REGIONAL
WEATHER PATTERNS SUGGEST MODERATE WEST WINDS FOR THE NEXT TWO TO
THREE DAYS, WHICH WILL HELP REDUCE THESE SMOKE IMPACTS.

WHILE THESE FIRES INFLUENCE THE AIR QUALITY OF INLAND MENDOCINO
COUNTY, COASTAL AREAS COULD EXPERIENCE SMOKE IMPACTS WITH
PERSISTENT EAST WINDS. IMPACTS TO THE AIR QUALITY WILL BE MOST
NOTICEABLY IN THE LATE EVENING TO EARLY MORNING HOURS SHOULD THEY
OCCUR.

CURRENT SMOKE CONCENTRATIONS ARE AVERAGING IN THE "GOOD TO
MODERATE" AQI RANGE. LOWER ELEVATION VALLEY AND DRAINAGE AREAS
COULD EXPERIENCE EPISODES OF "UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS" AIR
QUALITY AT TIMES, DEPENDENT UPON WIND DIRECTION AND TEMPERATURES.

SMOKE IN HEAVY CONCENTRATIONS CAN CAUSE EYE AND THROAT IRRITATION,
COUGHING, AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING. PEOPLE WHO ARE AT GREATEST
RISK OF EXPERIENCING  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.

PERSON EXPERIENCING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMTOMS 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.



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