Santa Rosa, CA – November 1, 2019 – Although containment of the Kincade Fire is progressing and the
skies appear clearer, changing weather conditions over the next few days will
lead to increased air pollution. Air quality levels are currently within the
good range due to offshore winds and decreasing smoke. However, colder
overnight and morning temperatures combined with low humidity through the
weekend are expected to cause increased concentration of unhealthy air
pollutants, particularly for Santa Rosa and Northern Sonoma County.
People may continue to experience adverse health effects from poor
air quality. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious effects,
including: children, pregnant women, the
elderly, and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, lung disease and
heart disease are most at risk for harmful impacts. People with health
- Contact your health care provider if you have
concerns regarding your health condition.
- Those with heart or lung disease, older
adults, pregnant individuals, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy
exertion, and should either reschedule outdoor activities or move them to
- Elevated particulate matter in the air can
trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema, Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or other respiratory conditions.
- Asthmatics should follow their asthma
- Keep up to two weeks’ worth of extra
medication on hand. Be ready with plans to treat asthma or diabetes when there
- Individuals should contact their physician if
they have cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms believed to be caused
by smoke. Concerned individuals should consult their physician for personalized
Limit time spent
outdoors if the smell of smoke is present.
Protect your health by following these habits:
- Reduce exposure to smoky air by keeping your
windows and doors closed.
- Set air conditioning units and car vent
systems to re-circulate to keep outside air from moving inside.
- Run your home or car air conditioner on
recycle or recirculate. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean
to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
- Because of the serious air quality conditions,
residents should avoid adding additional air pollution by curtailing wood
burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing.
- There is no clear evidence that N-95
respirator mask use by members of the general public is beneficial to an
individual’s health during wildfire smoke air quality events, and could be
harmful. If you have questions about the personal use of N-95 respirator masks
please contact your physician.
Follow the trend of air quality at this
Note: The monitors providing data to this site
are not routinely calibrated and air quality experts indicate the data from
these monitors “run high”.
Data from the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District’s (BAAQMD) Sebastopol monitor, which is maintained by air quality
experts, is located here: http://www.baaqmd.gov
the AQI, please note that federal certified monitors at EPA’s AirNow Fires site
are most accurate (but have an update lag of 2-3 hours). PurpleAir is good for
directional trends and changes over time, but is known to overestimate
measurements in smoky conditions.