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Air Quality Advisory Due To California Wildfire

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(Las Vegas, NV) Clark County Department of Air Quality has issued an advisory due to smoke from the Silver wildfire burning in Riverside County. The smoke is expected to drift into Clark County and because of that there will be an advisory in effect from Friday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 11.

Unhealthy levels of air pollution are not occurring at this time. Air Quality officials will continue to monitor conditions and will post an alert on the forecast page of the DAQ website if unhealthy levels actually occur.

A link to the forecast page is located at http://redrock.clarkcountynv.gov/forecast/.4

Airborne smoke/dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter, or PM, which aggravates respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. It may be best for children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases to stay indoors. Other suggestions include:

• If you work outdoors, consider wearing a mask capable of filtering fine particulates. This will help reduce your exposure to dust and particulates.
• Limit outdoor exertion. Exercise, for example, makes you breathe heavier and increases the amount of particulates you are likely to inhale.
• Keep windows closed. Run your air conditioner inside your house and car. Your air conditioner filters out dust and particulates.
• Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
• Use your prescription allergy medication or over-the-counter hay fever or sinus medications if you experience symptoms of itchy eyes, a runny nose, or congestion.

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