Monday, July 28, 2014

Wildfire Smoke Warning: Sand Incident Air Quality Advisory

Sutter Creek, CA – Some areas of Amador and El Dorado counties are experiencing heavy smoke due to the Sand Incident fire. Amador County Public Health advises community members that air quality may be unsafe for those with sensitive medical conditions. Residents with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women and elderly adults should especially be aware and take protective measures.


If you smell or see smoke, take these steps to protect your health:


- Minimize outdoor activities.


- Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed.


- Do not run fans that bring smoky air inside (such as swamp coolers, fresh air ventilation systems).


- Do not smoke, fry food or do other activities that that will create indoor air pollution.


- If you have chronic health conditions, monitor your health closely. Contact your health provider if your symptoms worsen, including repeated coughing and wheezing.


- If you are experiencing a health emergency, call 911.


- If you have a wall unit air conditioner, set it to “re-circulate.”


Amador County Office of Emergency Services has advises that portions of Bell Road, Steiner Road and Upton Road areas in Plymouth have been evacuated. The El Dorado County Fairgrounds, located at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville is open to evacuees. Areas are also available at this site to shelter large and small animals. 1300 acres have been affected. For additional information on wildfire smoke, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/.

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