The air quality in Tehama County is in the unhealthy range due to wildfire smoke from fires currently burning throughout Northern California. Tehama County residents can pick up a mask at Tehama County Air Pollution Control office at 1834 Walnut St., Tehama County Public Health in Building C at 1860 Walnut St. and Tehama County Administration at 727 Oak St. in Red Bluff, Rancho Tehama Association at 17605 Park Terrace Rd, 275 Solano St. at the Corning Health Care District office in Corning and the Cal Fire Station in Manton.

Children, active adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion. The Tehama County Air Pollution Control District advises that these sensitive categories stay indoors and avoid intense physical activity in those areas where high smoke levels are visibly evident.

While all persons may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals are at greatest risk at experiencing more aggravated symptoms which may include, but are not limited to coughing, scratchy throat, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing.

Persons experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should seek professional medical advice. Scientific studies have linked fine particulate matter (smoke) with significant health problems, including premature death, respiratory related hospital admissions, aggravated asthma, acute respiratory symptoms (including severe chest pain, gasping, and aggravated coughing) chronic bronchitis, decreased lung function, and work and school absences.

In addition, all open burning is prohibited during this period.

For further information contact Joseph H. Tona, APCO at the Tehama County Air Pollution Control District at (530) 527-3717.