North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District Announcement
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Wildfire Smoke Public Service Announcement:
Fires are active in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The main fires generating the smoke Northern California is experience are teh Salmon River Complex, and the Orlenas Complex fires in California and the Doughlas and Big Windy Complexes in Oregon. Depending on your proximity to the fires, and teh weather conditions, peole in Northern California may be affected. Current weather forecasts seem to indicate the potential for increased smoke levels in Northern Claifornia over the next few days. Please note that a separate Advisory has been issued for the Karuk Tribal lands.
A Clean Air Shelter is open in Orleans. It is located at the Karuk Department of Natural Resources Building between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.
Areas of wildfire smoke are predicted to impact the following regions:
- Del norte County
- Humboldt Coutny
- Trinity County
If you live (or plan to travel) in the regions listed above, please watch for Air Quality Alerts issued for specific locations. Alerts are issued when unhealthy or hazardous conditions exist.
Air quality Alerts can be heard by calling the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District's 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information hotline at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329). They can also be accessed at the District's website at www.ncuaqumd.org. For air quality announcements, stay tuned to your local radio, newspaper, and television.
Concentrations of smoke may vary depending upon location, weather, and distance from the fire. Smoke from wildfires and structure fires contain harmful chemicals that can affect your health. Smoke can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. People who are at greatest risk of experiencing sysmptoms due to smoke include: those with respiratory disease (such as asthma), those with heart disease, young children, and older adults.
Children, the eldertly, and those with respiratory disease or heart disease should stay indoors and avoid prolonged actiivity. All others should limit prolonged or heavy activity and time spent outdoors. Even healthy adults can be affected by smoke. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe.
Follow these general precautions to protect your health during a smoke event:
- Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise
- Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible
- Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside - examples include swamp coolers, whole-house fans, and fresh air ventilation systems
- Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors. Change the standard air conditioner filter to amedium or high efficiency filter. If available, use the "re-circulate" or "recycle" setting on teh unit
- Do not smoke, fry food, or do other things that will create indoor air pollution
If you have lung disease (including asthma) or heart disease, closely monitor your health and contact your docotor if you have symptoms that worsten.
Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you have:
- repeated coughing
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- chest tightness or pain
- unusual fatigue
For 24-hour Air Quality Adivsory Information, call toll-free at
For further information, visit the District's website at