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Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4, 2016

The Nevada County Public Health Officer and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are issuing a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of potentially poor air quality conditions through the 4th of July caused by the Trailhead Fire burning in Placer and El Dorado Counties.

If you smell or see smoke around you, please take the following actions:
•Minimize outdoor activities even if you are healthy;
•Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible; if possible, run the air conditioner on the “recirculate”    setting;
•People with asthma should follow their asthma management plan;
•Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe fatigue.

Smoke from the Trailhead Fire is likely to settle in the lower foothills and Sacramento valley at night, and move northeast across Nevada County during the day, possibly reaching Truckee.  Air quality can change rapidly due to wind shifts.  It is important to monitor the smoke throughout the day and make outdoor plans accordingly.  Especially in the late afternoons and evenings we may see elevated ozone concentrations in addition to smoke.

Exposure to elevated ozone and PM2.5 concentrations can result in eye and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, congestion, coughing, impaired lung function and chest pain, especially among sensitive individuals such as the elderly, children, people with asthma, people with heart or lung conditions, pregnant women and anyone who is exercising or working hard outdoors.

Information on air quality and smoke can be found at www.sparetheair.com  or www.myairdistrict.com.

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