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Better Breather Alert, Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and County Public Health Department are advising the public of deteriorating air quality in the Oceano Dunes/Nipomo Mesa area due to blowing dust and sand on Friday, October 5, 2018. Blowing sand and dust is forecasted to occur from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the dust forecasted to peak from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Very sensitive individuals such as infants, as well as children and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditions, may experience adverse health effects during blowing dust periods. County officials recommend that the public reschedule outdoor activities to occur when there is no visible dust. If blowing dust and sand is visible in the air, County officials recommend all adults and children avoid strenuous outdoor activity, remain indoors as much as possible, and set any heating/air conditioning/ventilation systems to recirculation. The public is advised to consult their doctor if they are experiencing health problems in an area with blowing dust and sand. If staying indoors does not provide relief, temporarily leaving the area and going to a location where the sand is not blowing and dust is not visible is advised. County officials will continue to closely monitor air pollution levels throughout our region, as forecasts can change. Visit the APCD website at slocleanair.org/airquality/air-forecasting-map.php to see current air quality conditions, forecasts for San Luis Obispo County and to see if you are in the impacted zone for blowing dust. Sign up to receive the daily air quality forecast via email by visiting slocleanair.org/airquality/forecasting.php.

9-28-18: Prescribed Fire Operations Planned at Several Coastal State Parks in San Luis Obispo County

The California Department of Parks and Recreation tentatively plans to conduct prescribed burns in several coastal state parks within San Luis Obispo County (Cot,1nty) between October 2, 2018 and May 31 , 2019. The effort will be carried out in cooperation with CAL FIRE, the Morro Bay Fire Department and the Air Pollution Control District.

Burning may occur in Hearst San Simeon, Montana de Oro, Morro Bay, Estero Bluffs and Harmony Headlands state parks. The work will include grassland and coastal scrub burns, as
well as broadcast and pile burns to address diseased, dead and downed Monterey pines. These burns are part of the prescribed fire program for vegetation management and fuel load
reduction. The Monterey pine forests at Hearst San Simeon and Morro Bay state parks are experiencing major die-offs due to pine pitch canker disease, compounded by years of drought. This treatment will enhance the health of the forests by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire.

The prescribed burns will reduce dangerous fuel loads adjacent to housing communities. In grassland and scrub areas, fire will be reintroduced as a component of the ecosystem on a
rotational basis. Please note that these prescribed burns are planned and coordinated with the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board in order
to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. All burning is dependent on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If conditions are not as desired, the burns will be re-scheduled. For burn schedule announcements, you can follow the APCD on Twitter: @SLOCleanAir or on their web site at SLOCleanAir.org

Some public trails near the burn area may be closed the day of the burn. People in Cambria, Harmony, Morro Bay, Cayucos, San Simeon Acres, and Los Osos, or those traveling near the
coast may see smoke from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the burns. In the unlikely event you smell smoke, County officials urge you to take precautions and use common sense to reduce
any harmful health effects by limiting outdoor activities. These precautions are especially important for children, the elderly and people with respiratory and heart conditions. Please use
extreme caution while driving near prescribed fire operations due to fire personnel and equipment in the area.

 

Other 2018 Press Releases

9-27-18: Request for Proposal for Legal Services for the SLO County Air Pollution Control District

9-13-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

8-31-18: Better Breather Alert Issued due to Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

8-30-18: Better Breather Alert - Particulate Pollution Impacting San Luis Obispo County

8-24-18: Air Quality Alert - Unhealthy Air Quality in San Luis Obispo County

8-20-18: Better Breather Alert - Particulate Pollution Impacting San Luis Obispo County

8-17-18: Better Breather Alert - Particulate Pollution Impacting SLO County

8-6-18: Better Breather Alert - Smoke and Blowing Dust Impacting San Luis Obispo County

8-6-18: Notice of Vacancies - Hearing Board of the Air Pollution Control District of San Luis Obispo County

8-6-18: Health Advisory - Smoke Impacting Northern SLO County

8-2-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area August 3 through August 6

7-31-18: Better Breather Alert - Due to Smoke Impacting SLO County

7-23-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area July 23 through July 27

7-6-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area July 6 through July 9

7-5-18: Grant Funding Available to Clean Up Wood Burning Devices

6-26-18: Gilardi Prescribed Burn Planned to Occur on June 27

6-11-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area 

6-6-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area June 6 through June 10

6-1-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-24-18: FREE Grant Workshop and Air Resources Board Compliance Overview Training

5-21-18: Camp Roberts Prescribed Burn Planned to Occur on May 22

5-15-18: Beter Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area from May 16 through May 20

5-7-18Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-30-18: Backyard Burning Suspended

4-30-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-27-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area from April 27 through April 30

4-19-18: Green Car Show April 21 at Laguna Lake

4-17-18: SLO County APCD Hosting Workshops Seeking Community Input on Air Protection Grants

4-13-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-12-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-11-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-26-18: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

3-19-18: SLO County APCD Provides Funding for Cleaner School Buses

3-14-18: SLO COUNTY APCD & STATE PARKS OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE DIVISION REACH AN AGREEMENT ON PROPOSED MITIGATION APPROACH

2-20-18: GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE TO CLEAN UP DIESEL EQUIPMENT & LIGHT-DUTY AUTOS THROUGHOUT SLO COUNTY

1-10-18: Better Breather Alert -Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area.

2017 Press Releases

12-18-17: Smoke Impacting SLO County - APCD Extending Voluntary "Don't Light Tonight" Advisory through Dec 19

12-15-17: Smoke Impacting San Luis Obispo County

12-14-17: Smoke Continues to Impact SLO, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties - Tri-Agency Advisory Regarding Wildfire Smoke

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

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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