Air quality alert issued for SLO County as wildfires burn around California

dsneed@thetribunenews.comMay 3, 2013 

Large wildfires burning north and south of San Luis Obispo County have prompted county officials to issue an air quality alert.

“Due to changing winds and weather conditions, it is difficult to predict which areas of the county may be most affected by smoke from the fire,” said Aeron Arlin-Genet, spokeswoman for the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District.

County officials urge that people who smell smoke take precautions to reduce the harmful health effects by limiting outdoor activities. These precautions are especially important for children, the elderly and people with respiratory and heart conditions.

“When you can see or smell the smoke in your surroundings, officials recommend you avoid strenuous outdoor activity and remain indoors as much as possible,” Arlin-Genet said.

The air district will continue to monitor smoke impacts and air quality in San Luis Obispo County. The air quality index focuses on health effects individuals may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.

The AQI is available to the public via the APCD website, www.slocleanair.org, as well as by e-mail, pager messages and text messages. Sign up to receive the daily air quality forecast via email, page or text message by subscribing online at www.enviroflash.info.

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