Sac Metro Air Quality District issues wildfire particulate health advisory

Starting tomorrow, Sacramento County will particulate matter pollution levels classified as unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category due to the burning to the north. The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and Sacramento County Public Health are advising residents to take precautions and avoid outdoor activities if they smell smoke.

Northerly and northwesterly winds will transport smoke from the fire complexes in northwestern California into the Sacramento region. While a wind shift Saturday night may provide some relief, the clean-out will be slow and better air quality is not expected until Sunday afternoon.

If you smell or see smoke, individuals should take the following actions to protect their health:


·   Minimize outdoor activities if you see or smell smoke

·   Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure

·   Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible

·   Use your air conditioner set to re-circulating indoor air mode

·   Those with asthma should follow their asthma management plan

·   Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms you believe to be caused by smoke

·   Those with heart disease should especially limit their smoke exposure due to increased risk of heart attacks


For more information including maps and real-time data, please visit and click on the Wildfire Smoke Information icon.

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