Public Health issues air quality advisory

Smoke from wildfires in Northern California and Southern Oregon has blown into Lassen County and the Lassen County Public Health Department issued an air quality advisory yesterday through Friday, Sept. 16 advising residents the air quality is unhealthy.

Public health said the poor air quality impacts Westwood, Clear Creek, Susanville, Lake Forest, Bieber, Herlong, Doyle and the surrounding areas.

People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens should avoid physical activities outdoors. Everyone else should avoid strenuous outdoor activities, keep outdoor activities short and consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling.

Exposure to the fine particulate matter in smoke concentrations can result in eye and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, congestion, coughing, impaired lung function and chest pain, especially among sensitive individuals such as the elderly, children, people with heart of lung conditions, pregnant women and anyone who is working or exercising hard outdoors. People who are affected by or susceptible to COVID-19 may be at increased risk from wildfire smoke due to cardiovascular symptoms or a compromised or suppressed immune system.

Near real-time air quality conditions for Lassen County may be found at