Air quality advisory issued by Placer County agencies through Monday, Nov. 12

AUBURN, Calif. November 9, 2018 – The Placer County Public Health Officer and Placer County Air Pollution Control District are issuing a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of the potential of poor air quality conditions due to smoke from the Camp Fire currently burning in Butte County. This advisory will be active for today through Monday, Nov. 12.

Wildfire smoke continues to affect large areas of Placer
County with elevated levels of particulate matter concentrations. Poor
air quality has the potential to cause negative health impacts,
particularly for sensitive groups. These potential negative health
impacts may be exacerbated by prolonged smoke exposure.


Smoke contains very tiny particles that can be inhaled deep
into the lungs. While all people may experience varying degrees of
symptoms, the more sensitive individuals — such as young, aged and those
with respiratory conditions — are at greatest risk of experiencing more
aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include but are not limited to
coughing, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat and difficulty in

If you can see or smell smoke, avoid unnecessary outdoor
activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly

Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:

  • Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed; if possible run the air conditioner on the “recirculation” setting
  • Limit outdoor exertion and physical activity
  • Leave the smoke-impacted areas until conditions improve, if possible
  • Reduce unnecessary driving. If traveling through smoke-impacted areas, be sure that your vehicle’s ventilation system is on recirculate
  • Avoid the use of non‐HEPA paper face mask filters, which are not capable of filtering out extra fine particulates

Anyone experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should
seek professional medical advice and treatment if they have any
questions or concerns.

Keep in mind that air quality can change rapidly at
different times during the day due to wind shifts; therefore, it is
important to monitor the smoke throughout the day in your area and make
outdoor plans accordingly

Information on air quality and smoke can be found at or Additional statewide information can be found at the California Smoke Blog at