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North Coast NewsNorth Coast WeatherNorth Coast Sky CamsNorth Coast TeamNorth Coast ScheduleCommunity CalendarNORTHERN, Calif. The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District released a warning for air conditions in Humboldt and Trinity counties. With numerous wildfires burning all over the state, it was declared that the air quality in Humboldt is “Unhealthy” with periods of “Very Unhealthy” especially along the Klamath River Drainage.Dr. Madeleine Ramos knows that this smoke can especially affect the health of certain people.”My focus is on asthma and allergy patients and those are the patients that are most impacted by all the wild fire smoke,” Dr. Ramos said.Even further east it was said, “There is a Hazardous Alert for air quality from the Helena fire for Weaverville, Lewiston, Junction City, Big Bar and areas along the river corridor adjacent to the fire.””I think hazardous really means that it will effect non asthma patients,” Dr. Ramos said.Ramos said that people in areas with dense smoke should relocate temporarily if they can.”I understand that moving away is not feasible for many people,
” Dr. Ramos said. “They will need to keep their windows closed as much as possible and with that, keep the indoor air clean.”Ramos said that things such as burning wood or using a gas stove should be avoided to keep the air in the house safe. She also advised people to get a HEPA air filter.Phil Jones and his companion were headed north from Southern California to watch the eclipse. But smoke from the intense Chetco Bar Fire caused them to cut their trip short and seek relief in Eureka.”Northern California and Oregon, it really destroyed our tourism, seemed like half the state of Oregon was under smoke,” Jones said. “Your eyes would burn, your throat would burn. I also noticed I seemed to be more irritable and sleepy and maybe headaches. Kind of the same stuff you’d get in smog in LA.”While the air quality is not as bad along the coast, Dr. Ramos said she is still seeing issues with asthma patients.”They’re definitely coming in saying their asthma symptoms are increased,” Dr. Ramos said.Tim Dalporto is a Eureka father whose 10 year old son has asthma.”We’d never really had to use the rescue inhaler until the smoke came,” Dalporto said. “He usually takes the asthma pills.”Dalporto saying that as his son began wheezing and they had to administer his inhaler.”That was the first time in a while,
” Dalporto said. “I was really surprised.”Ramos said that people should avoid wearing basic surgical masks as they can trap particles near your airway. You can ask your doctor about the proper type of mask to buy.