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8-17-16:  Air Quality Alert - Smoke Impacting San Luis Obispo County

The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District and County Health Department informs individuals that air quality throughout San Luis Obispo County is being impacted by smoke from wildfires.  Skies are hazy and fine particulate (PM2.5) concentrations are higher than normal due to transported smoke from the fires.  Changing winds and fire conditions make it difficult to predict which areas of the county may be most affected; both coastal and inland areas have been heavily impacted at different times and days.  Thus, until the fires are put out, smoke will likely be intermittently present in our region.  The Chimney Fire in San Luis Obispo County has been most active from about 3 pm to 4 am, so smoke impacts in affected areas may be greatest during this period.

If you smell smoke or see ash fall, County officials recommend you take precautions and use common sense to reduce the harmful health effects associated with smoke exposure.  When smoke in the air is obvious, individuals should avoid strenuous outdoor activity and remain indoors as much as possible.  These precautions are particularly important for people with existing respiratory illness and heart conditions and for the very young and the elderly as they are most vulnerable to the health effects of declining air quality.

Levels of particulates in the smoke may be high enough in some areas that even healthy people could be affected.  If a cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, exhaustion, light-headedness, or chest pain occurs, outdoor activity should be stopped immediately and the affected person should seek medical attention.

To clean ash, please do the following: use a damp cloth and spray areas lightly with water, directing ash-filled water to ground areas, and away from the runoff system - do not use leaf blowers; take your vehicle to the car wash; wash toys that have been outside in the ash; and clean ash off pets. Due to its corrosive nature, avoid skin contact with the ash by wearing gloves and long-sleeved shirts.  Please note, if you have existing heart or lung conditions, avoid doing ash clean-up yourself or anything else that stirs the particles back up into the air.  In addition, do not allow children to play in the ash.

APCD and County officials will continue to closely monitor smoke impacts and air quality in San Luis Obispo County.  By following the air quality index (AQI), the general public can also monitor real-time air quality throughout SLO County.  The AQI focuses on health effects individuals may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.  The current AQI is available via the APCD website: slocleanair.org/air-quality/air-forecasting-map.php. Sign up to receive the daily air quality forecast via email by subscribing online at enviroflash.info.            

Other 2016 Press Releases

7-26-16: Air Quality Alert - Smoke Impacting San Luis Obispo County

6-20-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust June 20

6-14-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust June 14

5-24-16: Bike Month - May 2016

5-18-16: Media Advisory - Camp Roberts Prescribed Burn Cancelled

5-9-16: Media Advisory - Camp Roberts Prescribed Burn

4-29-16: Notice of Hearing Board Vacancies

4-26-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust April 26

4-22-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust April 22 - April 25

4-15-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area, April 15
 
4-5-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area, April 4
 
3-28-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area, March 28 & 29
 
3-25-16Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area, March 25 - 27
 
3-24-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area
 
3-23-16Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area
 
3-22-16Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area
 
3-14-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area
 
3-8-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area
 
2-1-16: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area - Mon Feb 1. 

1-28-16: Grant Funding Available to Clean Up Diesel Engines and Wood Burning Devices
 
1-4-16: Media Alert - Community's Vision of Clean Air Mural Ribbon Cutting Celebration
 
 

2015 Press Releases

10-28-15: Blowing Dust in the Nipomo Area

10-20-15: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area

9-20-15: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting Nipomo Area

9-18-15Notice of Vacancy - Hearing Board of the Air Pollution Control District of SLO County

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

9-17-15: Public Discussion on Refinery Safety

9-10-15: Community's Vision of Clean Air Mural Contest

8-31-15: Notice of Vacancy - Hearing Board of the APCD

8-18-15: Air Quality Alert - Smoke Impacting San Luis Obispo County

8-17-15: Smoke Impacting Northern San Luis Obispo County

8-13-15: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area - Thursday, August 13, 2015. 

7-7-15: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area - Tuesday, July 7, 2015. 

6-19-15: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area - Friday, June 19, 2015. 

5-26-15: CivicSpark Block Party: Simple Steps for Energy Efficiency

5-26-15: Camp SLO Prescribed Burn Scheduled to Occur on May 27, 2015

5-19-15: Camp Roberts Prescribed Burn Scheduled to Occur on May 20, 2015

5-12-15: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-12-15: Camp Roberts Prescribed Burn Scheduled for May 2015

5-4-15: Los Osos Community Clean Air Incentives

4-29-15: 2015 Central Coast Sustainability Festival and Green Car Show

4-29-15: Hop on Your Bike - May is Bike Month!

4-24-15: Better Breather Alert, Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area Firday, April 24 and is Forecasted April 15 & 26. 

4-15-15: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area, Wed April 15

4-3-15: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-2-15: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-31-15: Better Breather Alert- Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-25-15: Better Breather Alert: Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-24-15: Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-20-15Better Breather Alert: Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area- Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22

3-18-15Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area

2-25-15: Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Area

2-2-15: Grant Funding Available to Clean Up Diesel Engines Throughout SLO County

 

2014 Press Releases

8-28-14: Notice of Vacanies for the SLO County APCD Hearing Board

10-27-14: Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

9-30-14:  Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

9-30-14:  Best Practices Workshop on Alternative Fuels

9-29-14: Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

8-5-14: Notice of Vacancies for the SLO County APCD Hearing Board

7-23-14: Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

6-24-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

6-17-14: Bike to the Blues Baseball Game and the First 200 Get in Free!

5-28-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area, Wed, May 28 - Sunday June 1

5-16-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area, Saturday, May 17 - Monday, May 19

5-14-14: May 16 is Bike to Work Day! Join Us and Visit an Energizer Station in Your Community

5-2-14: Be a Savvy Commuter & Enjoy Clean Air

5-2-14: Hop On Your Bike - May is Bike Month!

4-30-14: Walk Somewhere Wednesdays

4-29-14: Be Air Aware

4-28-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-28-14: Air Quality Awareness Week - What Do You Know About Your Local Air Quality?

4-22-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

3-26-14: Air District Board Reaches Agreement with State Parks

3-17-14: Better Breater Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo area

3-10-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

3-6-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

3-3-14: Backyard Burn Season Begins

2-19-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

1-22-14: Air Quality Alert - Air quality has deteriorated due to stagnant conditions

1-8-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts on the Nipomo Mesa

 

2013 Press Releases 

 12-18-13: Air Quality Alert - Deteriorating Air Quality Due to Fire Impacts

10-1-13: Bike & Pedestrian Breakfast to Celebrate Rideshare Month 2013

9-30-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Mesa

9-25-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Mesa

9-20-13: School Bus Grant Program Launched in SLO County

9-17-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

7-31-13: Smoke from Wildfires Impacts SLO County Air Quality

7-23-13: Notice of Meeting Cancellation

6-18-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-29-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-28-13: Camp Roberts Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Wedesday, May 29, 2013

5-28-13: Get on Your Bike and Join the Group Commute

5-22-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Mesa

5-3-13:  Air Quality Alert - Deteriorating air quality due to wildfire impacts

4-25-13: Fire Season Begins Dooryard Burnining Suspend

4-22-13: Judge Crandall Rules in Support of APCD's Dust Rule

4-17-13: Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact Nipomo Area

4-16-13: Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-12-13: Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-9-13: Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-2-13: Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

3-21-13 Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

3-18-13 Change in Air Quality Index Scale for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)

1-14-13 Air Quality Deteriorated Due to Stagnant Conditions

1-10-13 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

1-7-13 South County Community Monitoring Project Public Meeting

 

2012 Press Releases

9-14-12 Odor Advisory

7-10-12 Ozone Levels Expected to Result in Exceedance of Federal Air Quality Standard, Poor Air Quatliy is Forecasted to Impact Eastern San Luis Obispo County

6-26-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

6-07-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

6-05-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

5-29-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact teh Nipomo Area- Exceedance of Federal Air Qualtiy Standards Forecasted for Upcoming Weekend

5-24-12 Blowing Dust Expected to Result in Exceedance of Federal Air Quality Standards

5-21-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

5-09-12 Bike-In Movie and Free Breakfast

5-04-12 Bring the Energy Savings Home

5-03-12 Use Your Purchase Power & Save

5-02-12 Energy Conservation – It Saves

5-01-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

5-01-12 Clean Up Your Commute

4-30-12 Be Air Aware

4-27-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-16-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area Through Thursday

4-09-12 "When We Communte" Music Video Hornored with Two Awards at the Santa Barbara Green Shorts Film Festival 

3-27-12 Music Video Featuring Percy the Penguin and Mr. Eco

 

2011 Press Releases

08-31-11 South County Particulate Matter Workshop

06-21-11 New Grant Programs Replace Old Tractors, Construction Equipment and Heavy-Duty Trucks

02-18-11 Agencies Embrace Streamlined Approach to Reduce Particulate Matter from Oceano Dunes

02-16-11 Grant Workshop Hosted by APCD and the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, February 24, 2011

02-10-11 Climate Protection Curriculum Shared with SLO County Schools

 

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