Air Quality Resources
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Wildfire Smoke Can Affect Your Health – What Can You Do
People with respiratory issues should be especially cautious, but everybody is susceptible to negative effects from unhealthy air quality caused by wildfire smoke. There are a number of services and resources to help cope with the situation.
Respite centers are available for folks who need a break from smokey air. One of these is located at the Scott Valley Family Resource Center in Ft. Jones. The evacuation shelter put in place by the Red Cross in Etna is also available to people needing clean air. At this shelter in the Etna Union High School (400 Howell Ave. Etna, CA), the Northern California Indian Development Council in Yreka has provided HEPA air-purifiers to clean the air inside the building. They have been providing HEPA filters to several locations as well as individuals most vulnerable.
The Salvation Army is working to open another clean air respite center in the Etna area for residents and firefighters should it become necessary. The Karuk Tribe has been operating a clean air shelter as needed at their Department of Natural Resources building in Orleans. Call 530-627-3446 to see if the center is open.
To help people plan outdoor activities, the Forest Service is working with Siskiyou County Air Quality Management District, Public Health and Office of Emergency Services to deploy additional air quality monitors in the area. Recently, a monitoring device was installed at Sawyers Bar, close by the Salmon River Fire Complex.
There are now five smoke monitors in Siskiyou County located at Yreka, Happy Camp, Ft. Jones, Sawyers Bar and Somes Bar. North Coast Unified Air Quality (NCUAQMD) has monitors in Crescent City, Hoopa, and Gasquet. All provide real-time data via satellite to anyone interested. This information is available at http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx. Siskiyou County and the Forest Service are attempting to obtain an additional monitor when available to be set up in the Butte Valley to serve east Siskiyou County residents.
Siskiyou County offers a number of resources to support residents and visitors. The county Website at http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/default.aspx has useful links and other information. People without Web access can call Air Pollution Specialist, Eric Olson at 530-841-4029 or Assistant Air Pollution Control Officer, Eldon Beck at 530-841-4029 for updates and advice.
Additional Air Quality, Fire and Weather Monitoring Web Resources
- Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control District: http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/AG/apc.aspx
- Interagency Smoke Monitoring (Yreka): http://app.airsis.com/USFS/Chart_new.asp Get=4&UnitID=1014&CustID=11&sDate=7-31-2013
- Quality Assurance Air Quality Monitoring Information: http://www.arb.ca.gov/qaweb/site.php s_arb_code=47861 and http://www.arb.ca.gov/qaweb/districtselect.php a_airs_code=038
- NOAA Hazard mapping System: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/land/hms.html
- NASA Satellite Imagery: http://earthdata.nasa.gov/data/near-real-time-data/rapid-response
- Intellicast Weather and Lightning: http://www.intellicast.com/Storm/Severe/ThunderCast.aspx