Placer County’s dirty air causing closures

Auburn's Mandarin Festival to go ahead Friday as planned
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Smoke levels in Placer County are unhealthy today, air-quality officials are warning.

According to readings by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, the Auburn, Roseville, Colfax and Lincoln areas all have unhealthy levels of inhalable particles caused by smoke from the Camp Fire.

The district’s Atwood Road sensor in North Auburn shows a reading of 121. That’s on the upper end of a range of readings measuring particles that could be breathed in. The “unhealthy” range is from 55.5 to 150.4.

At 150.5 and above the air is judged very unhealthy. Sacramento’s downtown reading today is at 220.   

Lincoln has the worst air in Placer County today, according to district readings. It’s at 140. Colfax has a reading of 68. Roseville is at 108. Folsom is at 54.

Sierra College campuses in Placer and Nevada counties are closed today due to air quality concerns. Classes are canceled, any activities are off and all offices are closed, the college is saying.

The closure takes in all Sierra campuses except Tahoe-Truckee. A decision about Friday’s classes is to be made by 3 p.m.

Western Placer Unified School District in the Lincoln area has cancelled classes.

But the Mountain Mandarin Festival is still scheduled despite air quality concerns, organizers said today.

The National Weather Service is forecasting some hope for the smoke-plagued region, with the chance of potential precipitation coming in mid- to late-next week.