Better Breathers alert issued for Atascadero and Paso


NORTH COUNTY— Smoke from wildfires across the state continues to impact San Luis Obispo County air quality.

Better Breathers Alert for Atascadero and Paso Robles were issued by the county Air Pollution Control District (APCD) for Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18. Air quality is forecasted to be in the moderate range which is harmful to sensitive persons due to an increase in Particulate Matter (PM10) concentrations. Very sensitive individuals such as infants, children, and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditions may experience adverse health effects. If you are experiencing health problems APCD advises the public to consult your doctor. By Monday, Nov. 19 the air quality index is forecasted to be in good range again.

The Bay area has been experiencing unsafe air quality since Nov. 9. Residents may experience health effects and members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. People visiting the area should wear masks or stay indoors.

The Public Health Department of San Luis Obispo County is not currently distributing N95 masks. County officials are closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to distribute the masks if needed. If members of the public would like to acquire one they are sold at many retail locations. Masks may be reused if they are dry and in good condition.

APCD and County officials will continue to monitor smoke impacts and air quality in the County.

The APCD collects air quality data 24 hours per day, seven days per week at nine permanent air monitoring stations located throughout the county and at temporary air monitoring sites set up in areas that may be most impacted. The APCD is monitoring the air quality hourly and the Public Health Department is following the results. The public will be alerted if conditions change.

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