Air Quality Decreases

Stay Safe

Wildfires in the North State have caused smoky skies and decreased air quality.

This can cause coughing, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing, among other symptoms. While anyone can experience these signs, some populations are at higher risk, including:

  • The very young
  • The elderly
  • Pregnant women
  • People who smoke
  • And those with respiratory conditions

Anyone experiencing severe symptoms should seek medical attention.

Protect Your Family

With the current fire activity, the Air Quality Index is expected to range from moderate to unhealthy. Smoky conditions are expected to continue into the weekend. To protect your loved ones, be sure to:

  • Limit outdoor activities, especially for children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions.
  • Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible in buildings and vehicles.
  • Avoid using non-HEPA paper face mask filters, which cannot filter extra fine particulates.
  • Check or replace air conditioner filters, and use the air conditioner on the recirculate setting.

If you have trouble breathing, seek medical assistance or call your primary care provider. For more information, visit Butte County Air Quality Management District's website.

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