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Wildfire Smoke Information


Updated at 7:00 am 9/25/20: 

Air Quality 9/25/20 Air Quality forecast is to be MODERATE in the Nipomo CDF and Mesa 2 zones, GOOD elsewhere. Be prepared, we are expecting a wind shift next week which may bring smoke into our area again.

We are working constantly to ensure our website is up to date. For current conditions, be sure you are checking SLOCleanAir.org or AirNow.gov. There is also a great Fire & Smoke Map available at Fire.AirNow.gov


Below are links to helpful resources on our website related to wildfire smoke. 

See what forecast zone your home is in, click here

Wildfire smoke tips and how to protect your health, click here

Sign up for AirAware Text Notification sign up, click here

Understanding the AQI and the difference between current conditions and forecasts, click here

All recently issued Press Releases (including past Air Quality Alerts), click here

AirNow.gov Fire and Smoke Map, click here

Department of Industrial Relations - Protecting Outdoor Workers Exposed to Smoke from Wildfires information, click here

If you smell smoke or see ash fall: 

Air District officials recommend that if you smell smoke or see ash, take precautions, and use common sense to reduce your exposure to smoke. All adults and children should:

  • Head indoors and remain indoors, if possible
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity
  • Close all windows and doors that lead outside to prevent bringing additional smoke inside

Wildfire Ash Clean Up Tips: 

  • Do NOT use leaf blowers.
  • Do NOT allow children to play in the ash.
  • Wait until conditions improve to clean up ash.
  • Use a damp cloth and spray areas lightly with water, direct the ash-filled water to the ground areas, and away from the runoff system.
  • Take your vehicle to the car wash and wash toys that have been outside in the ash.
  • 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.