Smoky Skies Create 'Very Unhealthy' Air Conditions
Smoke is blanketing the valley again as Northern California wildfires continue to burn. Officials say smoke and increasing ozone levels have made the region's air very unhealthy.
Monday, July 7, 2008
National Weather Service Forecaster George Cline says there’s a ring of wildfires surrounding the Sacramento Valley. And, with little wind and even less chance of rain during this dry season it could be awhile until residents see the smoke clear.
“This time of year we don’t tend to see a lot of frontal systems coming through to scour out smoke and haze so we could have a long-term problem there with air quality.”
Cline says the smoke will hang around the valley for at least a week. Health officials say the ‘very unhealthy’ air quality can make symptoms worse for people with asthma or heart conditions. And, they’re asking all residents to stay indoors and hold off on running or playing sports outside.