For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 19, 2023
Marin County Public Health offering tips for vulnerable residents.
San Rafael, CA – Marin Public Health officials are urging community members to take precautions by limiting outdoor activity due to the poor air quality caused by drift smoke from wildfire events throughout Northern California and Oregon.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory for wildfire smoke through Wednesday, September 20. Smoke levels in the Bay Area are expected to reach the high-moderate tier on the EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI). Smoky, hazy skies are visible, and the smell of smoke is possible. National Weather Services forecasts onshore winds starting tonight that may bring relief.
Those most at risk include individuals with chronic lung conditions such as emphysema and asthma.
Take these steps to avoid or reduce smoke exposure:
In addition, some local programing and services may be impacted by smokey conditions:
Monitor the Marin County Public Emergency Portal for updated information.
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Matthew WillisMarin HHS website