Smoke Impacting Air Quality | Big Horn Basin Media

Smoke Impacting Local Air Quality

Written by on August 2, 2018

Wildfires in the western part of the country are beginning to impact local air quality.
Smoke from the giant Carr Fire near Redding, California, and the Mendicino Complex Fire 80 miles north of San Francisco is heading our way, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Riverton.
Meteorologist Dave Lispson told yesterday that a high pressure system in the Southwest United States is creating a clockwise flow over the California wildfires and that flow will be circulating into Montana and Wyoming today. Additionally, smoke from the Sharps fire in Idaho started filtering into the area Monday.
The Centers for Disease Control says that people who have heart or lung diseases are at higher risk from wildfire smoke, as are older adults and children. They recommend keeping indoor air as clean as possible, and run an air conditioner, but keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean. Avoid burning candles or using gas stoves, as they can increase indoor pollution, and if you have a medical condition, follow the advice of your health care provider.

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