UCI Health reminds people to be aware of air quality

August 07, 2018

UCI Health reminds people in Orange and Riverside counties to be mindful of the potential effects of smoke from the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest. 

“People with asthma and other respiratory conditions, especially older adults and children, should remain indoors in order to minimize exposure to poor air quality caused by the wild fire,” said William C. Wilson, MD, MA, chief medical officer for UCI Health. “Those experiencing respiratory distress are encouraged to go to their physician or the nearest emergency room for evaluation.

According to the latest information from the National Forest Service, the burn area centered around Holy Jim Canyon and Trabuco Canyon is at approximately 4,000 acres with four percent containment.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District indicates that downslope winds in the early morning hours may bring smoke into the valleys west and southwest of the fire. Air quality may reach “Unhealthy” levels or higher in areas directly impacted by smoke, including all regions of Orange County.

For more information on the Air Quality Index, please visit http://www.aqmd.gov/ and see alerts.

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