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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

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


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.

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