Air Quality Watch Re-Issued for Santa Barbara County

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Note: this was originally issued August 18, revised and re-issued August 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2016
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Contact:
Dr. Takashi Wada, Public Health Director, (805) 681-5105
Mary Byrd, District Community Programs Supervisor, (805) 961-8833

Air Quality Watch Re-Issued for Santa Barbara County
Smoke from Rey Fire Impacting Air Quality

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Today, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District re-issued an Air Quality Watch for Santa Barbara County to remain in effect until conditions change.

Smoke from the Rey Fire is affecting air quality in the county. The fire has been growing, and is expected to produce more smoke today. Levels of smoke and particles, and areas impacted in the county, will vary, depending on winds and weather conditions, and the containment of the fire. To view results from county air monitors, see Today’s Air Quality.

If you see or smell smoke in the air, be cautious and use common sense to protect your and your family’s health. Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children, should limit time spent outdoors and avoid outdoor exercise when high concentrations of smoke and particles are in the air.

If you have symptoms that may be related to exposure to smoke and soot, contact your health care provider. Symptoms include repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, and nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.

In addition, if the fire continues and results in falling ash, residents are urged to avoid using leaf blowers or doing any activities that will stir ash and particles up into the air.

During hot weather, use your best judgment when it comes to keeping your home cool when there is smoke in your area. Keep windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot. If you have an air conditioner, run it with the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean. If you have a whole house fan, turn it off unless it is extremely hot. If smoke is not present where you live, take the opportunity to air out your home.

Find more information on Smoke and Health. Check www.twitter.com/OurAirAdvisory for updates.
For recorded advisory updates, call (805) 961-8802.
     

Previously issued advisory is below

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2016
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en espanol (PDF)

Contact:
Susan Klein-Rothschild, Public Health Deputy Director, (805) 681-5435
Mary Byrd, District Community Programs Supervisor, (805) 961-8833

Air Quality Watch Issued for Santa Barbara County
Smoke from Fire off Paradise Road

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Today, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued an Air Quality Watch for Santa Barbara County to remain in effect until conditions change.

Smoke from the Rey Fire off Paradise Road may affect air quality in the Santa Ynez Valley and other parts of the county, depending on winds and weather conditions, and the containment of the fire. Levels of smoke and particles, and areas impacted, will vary.

If you see or smell smoke in the air, be cautious and use common sense to protect your and your family’s health. Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children, should limit time spent outdoors and avoid outdoor exercise when high concentrations of smoke and particles are in the air.

If you have symptoms that may be related to exposure to smoke and soot, contact your health care provider. Symptoms include repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, and nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.

In addition, if the fire continues and results in falling ash, residents are urged to avoid using leaf blowers or doing any activities that will stir ash and particles up into the air.

During hot weather, use your best judgment when it comes to keeping your home cool when there is smoke in your area. Keep windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot. If you have an air conditioner, run it with the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean. If you have a whole house fan, turn it off unless it is extremely hot. If smoke is not present where you live, take the opportunity to air out your home.

Find more information on Smoke and Health. Check www.twitter.com/OurAirAdvisory for updates.
For recorded advisory updates, call (805) 961-8802.
     

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New Phone Numbers
The District has new direct lines for all staff, as well as for all of our phone lines, including our main phone number and Complaints line. You can find our new phone numbers on this webpage.

Nuevos números de teléfono
El Distrito tiene nuevos números de teléfono para comunicarse con el personal directamente, así como también para todas nuestras líneas telefónicas, incluyendo nuestro número principal y el de las Quejas. Puede encontrar nuestros nuevos números de teléfono en esta página web.