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12-12-17: Smoke Impacting SLO County - APCD Issues Voluntary "Don't Light Tonight" Advisory

The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District continues to assess air quality, to identify any potential health impacts and to inform the community about safeguarding individual health. At this time, the SLO County APCD is issuing a voluntary “Don’t Light Tonight” advisory for December 12-18, 2017, asking residents to refrain from burning wood or using their wood stoves or fireplaces unless they are being used as a primary source of heat.

Weather conditions and elevated use of fireplaces and wood stoves further exacerbates the levels of fine particulate matter in the air and traps wood smoke closer to the ground and the air people breathe. With the already smoky conditions due to the wildfires in Ventura and Santa Barbara County, fireplace use is not recommended.

Fine particulates from wood smoke can cause breathing problems for many residents. If you smell smoke or see ash fall, officials recommend you take precautions and use common sense to reduce your exposure to smoke. When it is obvious that smoke is in the air, all adults and children should:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity
  • Remain indoors as much as possible
  • Set any heating/air conditioning/ventilation systems to recirculate

These precautions are especially important for children, older adults, and people with existing respiratory illness and heart conditions, as they are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of poor air quality.

Stay updated on air quality in your area:

  • Following the air quality index (AQI) to see real-time air quality throughout SLO County. The current and forecasted AQI is available via the APCD website: slocleanair.org
  • Follow the SLO County APCD Twitter (@SLOCleanAir), Facebook (@SLOCountyAPCD) or Instagram (@SLOCleanAir) feeds for the latest updates

 

Other 2017 Press Releases

12-11-17: Smoke Impacting San Luis Obispo County

12-10-17: Air Quality Update for San Luis Obispo County - Smoke Present but No Health Impacts at Present Time

12-7-17: Air Quality Alert - Smoke Impacting SLO County

11-29-17: SLO County Air Pollution Control District Welcomes a New Executive Director

11-13-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

10-20-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

10-12-17: Air Quality Alert - Smoke Impacting SLO County

10-3-17APCD Launches AirAware Text Notification System

9-29-17: Grant Funding Available to Clean Up Wood Burning Devices in Five Cities and Paso Robles Area

9-20-17 AND 9-21-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

9-19-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

9-18-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

9-15-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

9-12-17: National Drive Electric Week

6-15-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

6-13-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

6-12-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

6-1-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-31-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-17-17: Camp Roberts Blackline Prescribed Burn to occur May 18

5-17-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the NIpomo Area

5-12-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the NIpomo Area

5-4-17: Be Air Aware - Receive Air Quality Information Straight to your Inbox

4-28-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the NIpomo Area

4-27-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-26-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-25-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-24-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-20-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-14-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-10-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-31-17: Better Breater Alert - Blowing Dust Is Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-30-17: Better Breather Alert -  Blowing Dust Is Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-29-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Is Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-27-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-6-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

2-27-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

2-23-17: Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

2-22-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

1-27-17: Grant Funding Available to Clean Up Diesel Engines Throughout SLO County

 

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