EUREKA, Calif. - There are currently no air quality advisories or alerts in effect, according to the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD), but for how long?
Officials said the smoke from the Chetco Bar and Miller Complex in southern Oregon are expected to be moderate to heavy today, and winds from the northeast will push smoke toward coastal areas in the afternoon and evening. Smoke is in the forecast, remaining localized affecting mainly Smith River south of the border.
In Humboldt County, NCUAQMD officials said Orleans, Weitchpec, and Hoopa are forecast to be "unhealthy for sensitive groups" with periods of "unhealthy" in the afternoon. Willow Creek is forecast to be "moderate". The Humboldt County Air Basin is also forecast to have overall "good" to "moderate" conditions. Garberville and Southern Humboldt areas are forecast in the "good" range with "moderate" conditions in the evening.
There are two temporary clean air centers in Humboldt County. The Karuk Senior Center is open from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on 459 Asip Road in Orleans. The Yurok Tribal Center is also open on Highway 96 in Weitchpec.
In Del Norte County, NCUAQMD officials said the Smith River is forecast to be "moderate" with periods of "unhealthy for sensitive groups" during the day. Crescent City is forecast to be "good" with "moderate" conditions in the evening. Gasquet and Klamath are forecast to be "moderate with periods of "unhealthy for sensitive groups" in the evening.
There are three temporary clean air centers in Del Norte County. The Family Resource Center located at 494 Pacific Avenue in Crescent City is open Monday from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is also a center at Tsunami Lanes Bowling Alley on 760 L Street in Crescent City that is open during regular bowling alley hours posted at the location. The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village and Resort, the former Ship Ashore, located on 12370 Highway 101 in Smith River is closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
In Trinity County, NCUAQMD officials said Weaverville, Lewiston, Junction City, Big Bar, and Del Loma are forecast to be generally "unhealthy for sensitive groups" with periods of "unhealthy" conditions. Hayfork is forecast to have mostly "moderate" conditions.
There are two temporary clean air centers in Trinity County. The first is an American Red Cross evacuation shelter located at the First Baptist Church on 1261 Main Street in Weaverville. The second clean air center is located at Cox Bar Elementary School on 304 Corral Bottom Road in Big Bar; it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Officials said updates will be provided as conditions change.