Health Advisory in Effect Due to Aspen Fire

By: Millie Warren Email
By: Millie Warren Email

BRIDGEPORT, CA - A Stage 1 Health Advisory has been issued for Mammoth Lakes and Southern Mono County by the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, according to the Mono County Health Department. Smoke has even moved into Hawthorne, Nevada.

With the smoke from the Aspen Fire (now burning at 11,000 acres) on the western side of the Sierra, the air quality in Inyo and Mono County continues to be affected, according to the Mono County Health Department.

Monitoring equipment in Mammoth Lakes show particulate pollution levels over the last 12 hours to be in the "unhealthy" range; particulate pollution levels in Bishop and the Mono Lake area are in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range, according to the Mono County Health Department.

According to the Mono County Health Department, this means the following for the public:

Individuals can expect increased respiratory symptoms (water and itchy eyes, congestion, sore throat, cough) and a worsening of symptoms for those with heart or lung disease, asthma, the elderly, very young or pregnant.

The general public should limit prolonged or heavy exertion as much as possible. Those with heart and lung disease, asthma, the elderly, children and pregnant women should AVOID prolonged or heavy exertion.

Individuals should stay indoors with the windows tightly closed.

Turn the A/C onto re-circulate, or use ceiling or portable fans.

Avoid tobacco smoke, frying or boiling foods, burning candles, vacuuming, and using paints, solvents, cleaning products, and adhesives indoors.

Keep a good supply of medication available, and have a supply of non-perishable food that doesn't require cooking.

Drink plenty of water.

If you experience excess smoke exposure, repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, contact your healthcare provider.

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