The air quality may become unhealthy due to a wildfire located near Antelope Valley and Loyalton in eastern Sierra County. Conditions will most likely vary from unhealthy to moderate over short to extended periods of time as the plume of smoke from the wildland fire wafts back and forth due to varying wind patterns. Therefore, a Health Advisory has been issued for Eastern Plumas and Sierra Counties until smoke impacts are reduced.
The elderly, children, asthmatics, adults with pre-existing heart and lung disease, pregnant women, and athletes should take precautions, such as, stay indoors and avoid intense physical activity that may increase breathing rate. During these high smoke episodes, if you experience breathing difficulty, call your doctor.
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.