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Public Health Department Issues ‘Very Unhealthy’ Air Quality Alert

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Lassen County’s Public Health Department has issued a ‘Very Unhealthy’ Air Quality Alert for Susanville, Westwood and South County.

Smoke levels in these areas have been classified as: Very Unhealthy with Possible Spikes into Hazardous Conditions.

Stay indoors as much as possible when smoke is present. Avoid strenuous activity, especially if you are sensitive to poor air quality, such as the elderly, children and anyone with chronic illness or respiratory problems.

It is advised that all outdoor activities be postponed.


For real time monitoring of air quality go to: https://fire.airnow.gov/

Wildfire smoke has harmful chemicals that can affect your health. It can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing and difficulty breathing. Everyone should take precautions to avoid smoke exposure.

  • Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise.
  • Stay indoors with windows and doors closed
  • Do not run swamp coolers or fans that bring in outdoor air

People who are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include those with chronic lung disease (such as asthma) and/or heart disease, young children, pregnant women, and older adults. If you have symptoms that may have been worsened by smoke exposure, contact your health care provider immediately. These symptoms include:

  • Repeated Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest Tightness or Pain

For more information call Lassen County Public Health at 530-251-8183 or visit the Lassen County Air Pollution Control District at www.lassenair.org

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