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The Dixie Fire, McFarland Fire and the River Fire are forecast to produce significant smoke impacts to local areas, and residents in these affected areas should be aware of their local air quality and take necessary precautions to protect themselves.
These fires are being managed by state and local fire officials, but smoke impacts may continue throughout the week.
The Colusa County Air Pollution Control District reports that Air Quality conditions are forecast to decline into the moderate - unhealthy for sensitive groups range. Conditions may fluctuate from moderate to unhealthy throughout this time period.
Smoke from fires produce fine-particulate matter (PM2.5), which can cause serious health problems including lung disease, asthma attacks, and increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Where conditions warrant, people should limit their outdoor activity.
People with existing respiratory conditions, young children and elderly people are susceptible to health effects from these pollutants. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctors’ orders when exposed to fire emissions.
This advisory is also posted on the Colusa County Air Pollution Control District website, with links to additional air quality information resources. This advisory is also posted on the Colusa County Facebook and Instagram page.