Warning of Smoke at “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” Levels in Some Areas

SISKIYOU/TRINITY COUNTIES – Areas of northern Humboldt are being affected this week by increased smoke levels due to several wildfires that continue to burn.

The main fires generating smoke right now are:

– The Orleans Complex fire, at 5,819 acres and 35% containment in Siskiyou County

– The Salmon August Complex, at 1,986 acres and 20% containment, also in Siskiyou County

– The Ruth Complex fire, south of Ruth Lake at 4,602 acres and 60% containment in Trinity County

The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District has sent out a warning for areas along the Klamath River drainage – including Somes Bar, Orleans, Weitchpec and Hoopa – saying that smoke levels will be “unhealthy for sensitive groups” through Friday.

If you are elderly, pregnant, have health issues, or if you have small children you should stay inside and avoid exertion.

Areas surrounding the Ruth Complex fire including Ruth Lake, Dinsmore, Mad River and Forest Glen could also see unhealthy smoke levels this week.

“People need to be aware of their surroundings. Before you travel somewhere, it’s always wise to check to see if there’s something going on in the area, and if there is looking for information about air quality. Check with your Forest Service, and our website has our air quality information and advisories. Educate yourself and be aware of your surroundings,” explained NCAQMD Burn Program Coordinator, Debra Harris.

Up to date advisories and tips to protect yourself and your family from smoke can be found at www.ncuaqmd.org