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Lowell Fire: Air Quality Health Advisory For Nevada, Sierra, Plumas Counties

Vicki Lorini / Submission

Picture of Nevada City taken on July 27, 2015.

Vicki Lorini / Submission

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality health advisory for Nevada, Sierra and Plumas counties because of smoke from the Lowell Fire west of Alta.

Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer Joe Fish has some tips for staying safe when the air quality is poor.

"If you see smoke and you smell smoke then you are probably breathing elevated levels of particulates and that should give you a good enough reason to pause and say ‘ Hey, maybe I should reduce my outdoor activity level'," says Fish.

Fish says there are ways to know if you are inhaling too much particulate matter.

"They’re gonna feel like it’s difficult to breath, they might even have pain in their chest, they might have shortness of breath," says Fish. "They might even feel nauseous, dizzy, get a headache."

If you live in an affected area, you are encouraged to avoid outdoor activity until air quality improves.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District forecasts that air quality in the region will be the worst Wednesday.