There are several fires currently going in the north state that are currently impacting air quality. Ozone Levels are currently in the unhealthy for sensitive groups range and will likely vary from unhealthy for sensitive groups to moderate over short periods of time as smoke from wild fires in the North State drift over Tehama County. PM2.5 levels are currently in the moderate range and will likely vary from Moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups over short periods of time as smoke from wild fires in the North State drift over Tehama County
Sensitive groups (those most at risk from exposure to smoke) are the elderly, children, asthmatics, adults with pre-existing heart and lung disease, pregnant women, and athletes. 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.
Air quality data will be available on our website. For more information regarding air quality readings please consult our About the AQI page.