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'Unhealthy' to 'Hazardous' air conditions on the North Coast

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EUREKA, Calif. - As smoke continues to be pushed from Siskiyou County and Oregon the air quality along the North Coast keeps getting worse. The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District has the following to say about Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity County:

In Humboldt County, the communities in the Klamath River Drainage (Orleans and Weitchpec) are forecast to be in the Very Unhealthy range with periods of Hazardous level conditions. While the communities of Hoopa, Willow Creek, and Salyer are forecast to be Very Unhealthy with periods of Hazardous level conditions.

In Del Norte County, Smith River and surrounding areas are forecast to be in the Very Unhealthy to Hazardous range. Crescent City to Klamath is forecast to be in the Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy range with periods of Hazardous level conditions in Klamath. Inland areas east of Crescent City (Gasquet) are expected to be Unhealthy with periods of Very Unhealthy level conditions.

In Trinity County, Weaverville and areas adjacent (Lewiston, Junction City, Big Bar, Del Loma) are forecast to be in the Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy range with periods of Hazardous level conditions. Areas outside of the Weaverville area can expect smoke levels of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups with periods of Unhealthy depending on proximity to the wildfires.

Serval Clean Air Shelters have been opened in Humboldt County. Weitchpec Tribal Office, Highway 96, Weitchpec. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hoopa Neighborhood Facility, Hoopa Tribal Office, Highway 96, Hoopa, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., M-F and this Holiday Weekend.

For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call the NCUAQMD's hotline toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the website at www.ncuaqmd.org.

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