July 28, 2018 – 4:30pm

The air quality in Tehama County is currently in the unhealthy range. Air quality may deteriorate further to a very unhealthy range this Saturday and Sunday as smoke from the CARR Fire drifts over Tehama County.

Children, active adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid outdoor exertion; everyone else should limit outdoor exertion. 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, Air Pollution Control Officer at (530) 527-3717.