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Poor Air Quality Expected Through Friday

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The following is an updated Press Release from the Washoe County Health District, issued at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday:

AQMD is notifying the public of a rapid decline in air quality conditions due to smoke primarily from the Rim Fire California. 

Air quality has moved into the Very Unhealthy range and is expected to move in and out of that range and the Unhealthy range for the next few hours.  People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. If the smoke is affecting you, remain indoors with the windows closed and air conditioning on and reduce any outdoor activity.

Smoke is highly dependent upon the wind direction and fire activity which can change rapidly. Expect smoke to become more concentrated in lower elevations during the evenings and early mornings with partial clearing in the afternoons as atmospheric mixing or favorable winds lifts the smoke out of the breathing zone.

While everybody may experience varying degrees of symptoms, persons in the sensitive groups category include children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory and heart conditions are of greatest risk at experiencing more aggravated symptoms and serious complications. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose.

If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse.  People with heart disease might experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or fatigue. People with lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or as vigorously as usual, and they may experience symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath.

In general, if you smell smoke and feel it's affecting you, then take precautions such as: staying indoors with the windows and doors closed and the air conditioner on; limiting outdoor exertion and physical activity; and, drinking plenty of fluids. Persons experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should contact their doctor if they have any questions.

Current Washoe County air quality information can be found at www.ourcleanair.com

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