The Tehama County Air Pollution Control District is issuing an air quality advisory due to smoke impacts from the Dixie Fire. Short-term smoke impacts in the Unhealthy to Hazardous range are possible in Mineral and the surrounding mountain communities. Short-term smoke impacts for Red Bluff, Corning and other valley communities are expected to range from Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. 

While all persons may experience varying degrees of symptoms, more sensitive individuals are at greatest risk of 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. More information, including access to air quality data, is available at  http://www.tehcoapcd.net/current-air-quality/. Questions may be directed to 530-527-3717 during regular business hours