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carpa -- Communities throughout California are being impacted by wildfire smoke. Posted: 03 May 2013 15:29:07
Air districts in Southern and Northern California are actively monitoring air quality in impacted communities and providing updates to residents. The Panther Fire is located in a remote area of northern California with minor population impacts. The Butte and Tehama County air districts have not issued any health advisories. Chico is forecast to have air quality that is unhealthy for sensitive groups both Friday and Saturday, May 3-4. The South Coast AQMD issued an advisory for Banning warning of unhealthy levels of particulates in the air from the Summit fire. Onshore flow is expected to return Friday afternoon. That will likely bring smoke back over populated areas of the Southland. All individuals are urged to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke. Specific information and an air quality map can be found at http://www.aqmd.gov/news1/2013/smokeadvisory050313.htm. According to the National Weather Service, wind direction is also changing over the Spring fire in Ventura County. The on-shore flow setting up this afternoon and into the weekend is bringing increased humidity, but the change in wind direction is causing smoke to stagnate over certain areas. With on-shore wind blowing back over the fire, the Ventura County air district predicts new areas that havenít yet been impacted by the smoke will experience decreased air quality Friday afternoon on, especially areas north and east of the fire. Particulate levels may reach unhealthy levels or higher. Residents are urged to use caution to protect themselves and their families from the wildfire smoke. More information can be found at http://www.vcapcd.org/Forecast.aspx ____________________________________________________________ The California Air Response Planning Alliance (CARPA) was formed in 2006 by the California Air Resources Board, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. CARPA's mission is to provide actionable incident response information to protect public health and the environment from the airborne releases and other emergencies with air quality impacts.