Smoke Outlook for 10/05 – 10/06
Southern Sierra – Sequoia Windy Fire
Issued at: 2021-10-05 08:24 PDT
Smoke from the Windy and KNP Complex fires has prompted air quality officials in the San Joaquin Valley to issue an Air Quality Alert through Thursday, October 7. Ridgecrest has been added using data from a local Purple Air Sensor.
The Windy Fire is 97,014 acres, with an additional 2268 acres, and 72% contained. There are 1972 personnel assigned. The fire perimeter changed on the southeastern and west-central portions, as the fire continues to back toward firelines. Firefighters and aircraft continue tactical patrols, strengthen containment lines, extinguish hot spots, mop up, and secure structures.
Smoke from interior burning and smoldering fuel on the Windy Fire will continue to impact air quality, especially nearby inhabitants. West side communities closest to the fire will see very unhealthy and hazardous smoke impacts today. Thick smoke will continue in early morning and morning hours, possibly lessening some as the inversion breaks late morning or after.
Wildfire smoke – a complex mixture of air pollutants – is unhealthy to breathe and can be especially dangerous for children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart or respiratory conditions. These sensitive groups are advised to limit outdoor activities, especially when the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches levels considered ‘Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups’ or above. (https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/protecting-yourselfwildfire-smoke)
Daily AQI Forecast for Oct 05, 2021
Yesterday Mon Forecast Tue Wed
Station hourly 10/04 Comment for Today — Tue, Oct 05 10/05 10/06
Springville Unhealthy with periods of Very Unhealthy throughout the day
Porterville Unhealthy with Very Unhealthy periods throughout the day
Tule River Very Unhealthy with periods of Hazardous conditions expected today
Sherman Pass Moderate/Good conditions expected today, short periods of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Bakersfield Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, with extended periods of Unhealthy likely
Ridgecrest Moderate, may see extended periods of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Kernville Unhealthy, may see periods of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups afternoon
Issued 2021-10-05 08:24 PDT by Linda Chappell, Air Resource Advisor, [email protected]
Air Quality Index (AQI) Actions to Protect Yourself
Moderate Unusually sensitive individuals should consider limiting prolonged or heavy exertion.
USG People within Sensitive Groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy People within Sensitive Groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity.
Very Unhealthy Everyone should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Hazardous Everyone should avoid any outdoor activity.
Disclaimer: This forecast is based on fine particulates only; ozone is not included. Forecasts may be wrong; use at own risk. Use caution as conditions can
change quickly. See your health professional as needed. Smoke sensitive groups should take appropriate precautions.
California Smoke Blog — http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/ Inciweb – Windy Fire — https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7841/
Fire and Smoke Map — https://fire.airnow.gov/ —
Issued by USFS Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program — www.wildlandfiresmoke.net
Southern Sierra – Sequoia Current Outlook — tools.airfire.org/outlooks/SouthernSierra-Sequoia
Smoke and Health Info — www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index