October 21, 2017

Excessive Smoke from Wild Fires

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning due to forecast high north winds from 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, through 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

The change in wind direction and intensity is expected to change smoke behavior, meaning it could become less or more smokey from time to time in somewhat unpredictable patterns. Increased smoke is not a reliable indicator of fire danger given that smoke can be carried much further by wind conditions than fire.

Excessive smoke will continue to come into Suisun City until all the fires burning in Sonoma, Napa and upper Solano counties are fully extinguished. This is a health concern that should be taken seriously.  There is no current wildfire risk to Suisun City, nor is any anticipated.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District recommends that people stay out of the smoke as much as possible by taking shelter in air conditioned buildings. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat and irritated sinuses.

Elevated particulate matter in the air, as we are experiencing, can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or COPD. Elderly persons, children and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to elevated air pollution levels and should take extra precautions.

Make a plan now to address your personal medical needs. Emergency response staff cannot make an individualized response plan for each person’s medical needs.  Check and refill your medical or breathing supplies, and coordinate specific concerns with your medical provider.

If you must be outside for extended periods of time or perform manual labor, utilize a breathing mask rated at least N95 or P100.

Smoke tends to settle into low lying areas as temperatures cool and winds subside. As a result, smoke is expected to become most dense during overnight and early morning hours. Please be prepared for this expected smoke behavior.

Please do not call 911 to report general smoke in your neighborhood.  General smoke in the area is expected to persist for some days. If your smoke alarm is sounding, or you see or feel flames, call 911 immediately for assistance.

Other Resources

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Other Resources

CalFire provides excellent information resources regarding fire incidents through

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