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Air quality update: 'Good' to 'moderate' conditions forecast for the coast, hazy inland

Photo courtesy of viewer Dave Garner

Fires remain active throughout Oregon and Northern California, prompting air quality advisories from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD). The fires with the potential to impact the North Coast, according to the NCUAQMD, (depending on conditions) continue to be the Klondike and Natchez Fire in Southern Oregon, the Carr Fire in Shasta County and the Mendocino Complex burning across four counties.

Overall, prevailing winds will keep inland areas hazy and smoky for the next couple of days, with clearer skies on Friday and Saturday as a trough begins to move through, according to the NCUAQMD. In northern Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, officials said smoke from fires to the north will be localized as well as flowing South into river drainages (Orleans, Hoopa, and Willow Creek).

Smoke impacts in Weaverville and Eastern Trinity County from the Carr Fire are expected to be “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on location. Improvement in smoke dispersion is forecast for Friday, but this will also bring an increase in fire activity, air quality officials reported.

Along the coast, “Good” to “Moderate” conditions continue to be expected. Garberville and Southern Humboldt are expected to have widespread haze with generally “Good” to “Moderate” conditions. Southerly winds may begin to bring some smoke from the Mendocino Complex to Southern Humboldt.

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Crescent City, Gasquet, Klamath, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Weaverville, Eureka, and Garberville. Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329).

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