Air Quality Advisory for the Week of July 2, 2018

Air Quality Advisory for the Week of July 2, 2018

 

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (District) is advising District residents that smoke from the County Fire in Guinda, CA will likely impact the region through the July 4th holiday and potentially through the end of the week. The District encompasses all of Yolo County and a portion of Solano County that includes Dixon, Rio Vista, and Vacaville.

Moderate winds developing Monday afternoon are expected to transport smoke into the District, most notably Esparto, Vacaville, Winters, Davis, and Woodland.  Later this week, southerly winds will continue to transport smoke from the fire into the region.

Wildfire smoke is especially harmful because is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles when wood and other organic materials are burning that can penetrate deep into the lungs causing a range of health issues from coughing and trouble breathing to headaches and chest pain.

The District recommends that residents:

  • Reduce their outdoor physical activity.
  • Lower their exposure to smoke, such as closing windows and doors.
  • Paying attention to local news for health warnings and what to do in emergency situations.
  • Turning on the air conditioner.
  • Signing up for local air quality alerts at: http://ysaqmd.enviroflash.org/. 

Residents that are sensitive to air quality or smoke impacts, such as pregnant woman, the elderly, young children and those with respiratory illnesses such as heart or lung disease and asthma, should take additional precautions if necessary. To avoid worsening health effects of smoke, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces. Smoke impacts can affect anyone, regardless of physical fitness, age or health.

The District will continue to monitor smoke impacts and issue additional advisories as necessary. For more information about the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, including signing up for air quality alerts and the monthly newsletter, visit: www.ysaqmd.org. Connect with the District on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/YoloSolanoAir or on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/YoloSolanoAir.  

For the PDF of the press release, please click here.