Air quality in El Dorado County is currently being impacted by smoke from the Ferguson fire, burning west of Yosemite, and other fires in the State. The fire is not directly threatening El Dorado County, but County health officials are reminding residents to take precautions should wildfire smoke impact the areas in which they live, work and recreate. According to Air Pollution Control Officer Dave Johnston, wildfires in the County and region can produce smoke that causes health problems, particularly for children, older adults and those with heart disease or respiratory issues.
Johnston advises residents to limit outdoor activity if they see or smell smoke. Additional suggested precautions include the following:
Smoke conditions change quickly and vary greatly in El Dorado County because of the terrain, wind direction and weather. Individuals can assess air quality in their areas by using the Smoke Visibility Index as follows:
For more information about air quality issues in El Dorado County, please visit AQMD’s website at www.edcgov.us/airqualitymanagement. AQMD’s wildfire page
https://www.edcgov.us/Government/AirQualityManagement/Pages/wildfire_information.aspx has several links to sites with updates on local fires and smoky conditions.
For up to date information on the Ferguson fire, visit