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Smoke leaves air in the valley unhealthy for some residents

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Smoke leaves air in the valley unhealthy for some residents

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July 11, 2012

(Wenatchee, WA) Nearly everyone likes to spend time outdoors on warm sunny days, but poor air quality can harm people with heart and lung disease. The Air Quality Index throughout most regions of Chelan and Douglas Counties is measuring as between “Moderate” and “Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations”.   Conditions vary throughout the two-county area as the wildfire smoke moves through our area.

During these conditions, individuals with pre-existing heart and lung conditions such as asthma and emphysema, the elderly, and children should avoid outdoor activity, remain indoors with windows and doors closed, avoid excessive exertion, and avoid exposure to tobacco smoke or other respiratory irritants.

Air conditioning units should be set on “recycle” mode to reduce introduction of contaminated outdoor air.  People without air conditioning need to take precautions against heat stress and should consider temporarily relocating to an area with better air quality.

Members of the general population may also begin to feel adverse affects from poor air quality and should consider following these same precautions.  Adverse symptoms may include dizziness, headache, difficulty breathing, coughing, excessive phlegm, and nausea.  For specific medical advice please contact your physician.

More information is available concerning air quality and current fire conditions at the following websites:

Ecology:                     https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/

Forest Service:           http://inciweb.org/

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