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Smoke for area forest fires blankets Auburn

Air quality advisory released
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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As smoke continued to linger in the air Tuesday, local air-pollution officials issued health advisories to help keep residents safe. Air quality not only concerned local residents but also Western States Endurance Run officials. Forecasts on Tuesday call for the dry weather to continue through the week, according to AccuWeather.com reports. The site stated that very high to extreme wildfire threats would remain in place in large parts of the Southwest through Wednesday. Cooler air Monday helped firefighters in a blaze that started in Napa County. Officials for the Western States Endurance Run say so far the smoke will not cancel the 100-mile, 24-hour run scheduled for this weekend. John Trent, media relations coordinator for the run, said runners will be advised about the smoke in some areas of the trail. He said run participants usually encounter several environmental factors during the race such as dust. “These folks are extremely well-conditioned,” Trent said. “Most of the athletes are in the prime of their athletic careers and have trained very, very well. They can probably handle stress much better than someone who is told to stay inside because of health reasons.” Race President Tim Twietmeyer said he was going to Foresthill Tuesday afternoon to survey the scene and discuss options with U.S. Forest Service staff. Twietmeyer said there are a few alternate courses runners have used in the past when snow issues compromised the original trail. But for those not preparing to run an ultra marathon, the smoke has caused some issues. Barbara Crowell, Auburn Senior Center executive director, said some regulars at the senior center have struggled with walking to the location since this weekend. “It’s just really difficult for a lot of our ladies that like to walk here,” Crowell said. “It’s just hard on them.” Placer County Air Pollution Control District officials issued an air-quality advisory Monday outlining several suggestions so people can remain safe while the smoke stays in the air. “We want people to be cognizant that they should reduce their exposure as best they can,” said Ann Hobbs, air-quality specialist with the air-pollution district. Suggestions include avoid exercising outside, stay indoors with the windows closed, keep airways moist by drinking lots of water and breathing through a damp cloth, and use the recirculate or recycle mode on the air conditioner in your car or home. Also, officials suggest that anyone with cough or other symptoms they believe is brought on by smoke should contact their doctor. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment. ---------- Smoke effects Air Pollution Control District officials say smoke from areas fires over the weekend will remain in the air through Tuesday. Officials offered a few tips for residents: — Avoid exercising outdoors, especially when you can “feel” the smoke — Children, the elderly and people with respitory or heart conditions should be particularly careful — Stay indoors and keep windows closed as much as possible — Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan — Contact your doctor if you have a cough, shortness of breath or other conditions you believe are caused by the smoke — Keep airways moist by drinking lots of water. Breathing through a warm, wet washcloth can help relieve dryness — Use the recycle or recirculate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car — Using paper mask filters, which are not capable of filtering extra-fine smoke particles, and which restrict airflow, is not recommended — Avoid cooking and vacuuming, which can increase pollutants indoors For more information, visit www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Air.aspx or call (530) 745-2373. For general air quality information, visit www.sparetheair.com ----------