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Anyone have Smoke from The California Fires?

post #1 of 15
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I have to stay inside because my Asthma is acting up from the smoke here.
Hi: 100°
Sunny. Areas of smoke. Highs 91 to 101. Northwest winds around 10 mph.
post #2 of 15
I personally haven't noticed any smoke in my area. I think the fires are more in Northern California. Truthfully, I haven't been paying a lot of attention to the news lately.
post #3 of 15
We have been having smoke in our area for the last few days - possibly from the Indian fire in Monterey County, especially today. High 105 degrees. Slightly cooler from yesterday. Hope they get all of the fires out real soon.
post #4 of 15
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I hope so its been Smokey all day.
post #5 of 15
Like HopeHacker, I haven't been paying attention to the news much. So I'm not even sure where "The California Fires" are. I know we have had some around here and do again, but not sure if those are the ones you're asking about.

We hadn't had any smoke we could smell, but could see a little haze in the distance. That was, until this morning. WOW! Stepped outside and boy could I smell it. It was foggy as always this morning, so not sure if it was smokey too, but it sure smelled strong.

Hope we get these under control!
post #6 of 15
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The Smoke is even worse today and they said its from the Solono/Napa Fire and another fire that is near here.
Fires burning throughout Northern California are bringing smoke into the Northern San Joaquin Valley, causing unhealthy air quality.
Stanislaus National Forest fire fighters were battling a 600-acre fire on the north side of the Tuolumne River Canyon near North Mountain Monday, said spokesman Jerry L. Snyder. The fire is in a remote canyon, making it difficult to fight, Snyder said. Air tankers and helicopters are dumping fire retardant on the blaze, but fire fighters are having difficulty getting to it on the ground, according to Snyder.
A fire in Napa and Solano counties is also generating significant amounts of smoke, which are carried into the valley on Delta breezes, Snyder said.
Oakdale has been engulfed in smoke from the fires, and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District monitors are picking up smoke particles in Stockton and Modesto, according to Shawn R. Ferreria, senior air quality specialist with the district.
The district doesn’t have monitors in Oakdale, but a resident reported heavy smoke in the town Monday morning.
Residents with asthma or other lung problems are urged to stay indoors. The small particles in the smoke are capable of getting deep into the lungs, Ferreria said, causing health problems.
If the current conditions persist, San Joaquin County air will be declared unhealthy, and Stanislaus County as unhealthy for sensitive groups, Ferreria said.
The thunderstorm system that came through California on Saturday generated 5,000 to 6,000 lightning strikes, and sparked more than 700 fires, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Many of those were small, and were controlled at under a few acres, he said. But some, fanned by wind, have grown much larger. Cal Fire is fighting fires in Solano, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Mendocino, Lassen and Modoc counties, Berlant said.
Fire crews may take another few days to get all the fires under control, Berlant said. Air quality problems are likely to persist until the fires are out, Ferreria said.
post #7 of 15
Sending prayers and vibes that you all on the western side get some relief very, very soon
The smoke is making its way over the crest of the Sierra - you can't even see across the Owens Valley to the White Mountains tonight and at 5pm today it was clear
Maybe even worse than it was in '04
post #8 of 15
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We are inside and it smells like Smoke in here and its giving me a headache and making my Asthma act up.
post #9 of 15
Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
We are inside and it smells like Smoke in here and its giving me a headache and making my Asthma act up.
that's what wildfire smoke does to me, it is sooo awful
I just got done talking to a guy in Albany, NY and they had a horrible, record setting lighting storm last night, complete with purple clouds and lingering lightning strikes - what is going on with this weather
If you are medically allowed, you can try taking marshmallow root capsules or tea to try and soothe your lungs.
My heart goes out to all those kitties who must be suffering so terribly from the smoke - they have such sensitive noses. I hope that they stay safe from the flames, tho
post #10 of 15
It been smoky here too. I have been sneezing my head off.
post #11 of 15
It's just come over today here - it was worse this morning, and the sky is pretty yuck, but I've seen worse.
post #12 of 15
Just out of curiosity, did any of you here get that glowing red sky this morning?

I mentioned it in today's daily thread:

Well, I guess the smoke is really getting to us because this morning the ENTIRE SKY WAS FLOURESCENT ORANGE. It was amazing! Every radio station was talking about it. Unfortunately, I was driving and couldn't get a good picture!

It was really weird when I got to my office. We have an east facing window that shines on our door in the morning. So normally I have sunlight filtering under and around the door. This morning it was bright orange and looked like my office was on fire!


I heard all the radios talking about it today, but was wondering how wide spread that phenomena was! It was quite a sight!
post #13 of 15
I haven't heard from my sister in San Diego since the last game of the Stanley Cup I don't know if there are any fires in that area yet, or not. My sister seems to be suffering from a serious case of egocentric cranial rectal inversion. I've finally decided to quit being an enabler and a facilitator. She needs to sink or learn how to swim...and right now, she's circling the drain. It's my time to pull up a lawn chair, crack the top on a nice cool drink, and watch the entertaining plummet to rock bottom. Hope she makes it through alive. Perhaps if she'd pull her cranium out of her rectum, she might smell smoke and relay that information back home, so the family doesn't worry. But I'm not going to hold my breath.

On that note...are there any fires down around San Diego way (Mira Mesa, specifically?)

Stay safe!!!
post #14 of 15
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The fires are not in her area. We have friends in San Diego.
post #15 of 15
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Today is terrible with Smoke again.
Because of the wildfires in Northern California, area residents were breathing unhealthy air Tuesday and conditions are expected to be the same today.

The smoke drifting into the valley caused air quality officials to update the air pollution rating from unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy for everyone in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties.

When the pollution is this bad, everyone may begin to experience health effects, and sensitive groups, including senior citizens, young children and people with chronic health conditions, may experience more serious health problems, according to health experts.

Merced County had the worst air pollution in the eight-county area covered by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The level of air pollution was third-highest in Stanislaus County.

Double whammy

The wildfires are creating two types of air pollution. One is the tiny particles that are so small they can get deep into the lungs. The fires also are sending emissions into the air that react with sunlight to form ozone. Excessive ozone has a corrosive effect on the lungs.

"Unfortunately, we have also seen our ozone levels perk up in the last few days," said Shawn Ferreria, a senior air quality specialist for the valley air district. Merced County has recorded the highest ozone readings in the valley this week.

The valley is getting smoke from all directions because of fires in Tuolumne, Calaveras, Mariposa, Monterey, Napa, Solano and other counties in Northern California, plus a grass fire that has burned 800 acres north of Grayson in western Stanislaus County. The 10 to 15 mph wind forecast for today won't rid the valley of smoke; the conditions are expected to persist until the fires are put out, Ferreria said.

To make matters worse, a ridge of high pressure building over California is expected to bring warmer weather and stagnant air Friday and through the weekend, Ferreria said. That could keep the air quality in the unhealthy range and could push it toward "very unhealthy" in some parts of the valley, he said.

Very unhealthy air has occurred a few times in the southern part of the valley since the air district was created in 1990. It triggers a health warning that everyone may experience more serious health effects.

Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems by aggravating lung disease, causing asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increasing the risk of respiratory infections. Short-term exposure to particle pollution has been linked to heart attacks and arrhythmia, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Stay inside, reduce activity

Residents are advised to use caution until the smoky conditions are alleviated. Everyone should reduce exposure and strenuous activities, and that advice especially applies to older adults and children.

The valley district uses an air quality index (AQI) to report daily air pollution. It's based on a calculation of five major pollutants: ozone, particles, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

On Tuesday, Stanislaus County had an air quality index of 176 and the same is forecast for today, mainly because of particle pollution. An AQI from 151 to 200 is considered unhealthy; 201 to 300 is very unhealthy and above 301 is hazardous.

Merced County had an AQI of 187 on Tuesday and 185 is forecast for today. Air district officials said the high AQI in Merced County is partly because of stricter health standards for ozone pollution that went into effect in May.

Health officials have wondered whether the smoky air would send people to emergency rooms with breathing problems or other health issues. But no hospitals have reported an increase in patients.

"The number of people coming in has been consistent for the past few days," said Catherine Larsen, spokeswoman for Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. "Our emergency department has been monitoring it pretty closely because they were concerned with that as well."

Susan Mendieta, a spokeswoman for Oak Valley Hospital District in Oakdale, said she checked with the district's community health centers and the hospital emergency room, and no one reported a spike in patients.

"What we are hoping is that people are heeding the warnings and being cautious, and taking the steps of staying indoors and drinking lots of fluids," she said
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