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Local Officials Issue Air Quality Health Advisory

San Andreas, Ca — Smoke from the Moonlight Fire in Plumas County continues to affect portions of the Mother Lode.

The Calaveras County Public Health Department has issued a Health Advisory for individuals who are vulnerable to smoke or have breathing problems.

“These persons need to take precautions to reduce smoke exposure and limit their physical activity,” says County Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita.

People at risk include those with asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, women who are pregnant, the elderly and children.

Ways to reduce risk are to limit time outdoors, reduce physical activity, keep car windows closed, and reduce indoor pollutants (tobacco smoke, vacuuming, using paints/solvents).

People with heart or lung disease who experience repeated coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or chest tightness should contact their doctor or clinic. “If an existing illness gets worse due to smoke exposure, seek medical assistance,” Dr. Kelaita emphasizes.

Sensitive individuals are advised to continue precautions until the air visibility improves.

Written by BJ Hansen