As the smoke and ash from the Pfeiffer Fire continue to fall the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District has deployed air monitoring equipment to the Big Sur area to help determine the air quality.
The district will also check out air quality for cities on the Monterey Peninsula.
The Monterey County Health Department has issued a health advisory for people in the area.
The Air Pollution Control District and Health Department offer the following recommendations for people affected by the smoke and ash.
- Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease, (including asthma), older adults and children should limit time spent outdoors and limit prolonged or heavy exertion when the smell of smoke is present.
- People with chronic conditions such as heart or lung disease (including asthma), the elderly and children are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke exposure.
- If you or someone you know has such conditions, consider leaving the area and staying with friends and relatives out-of-town.
- If you or someone you know experiences smoke exposure related symptoms such as repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitation, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, please contact your health care provider. If the symptoms are severe or if you suspect a life threatening situation, dial 911.
- If you decide to stay in the affected area, remain indoors and keep windows closed if possible. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are most effective if they can filter at least two to three times the room volume per hour.
- Check and restock your emergency supplies including water, food, battery operated radios and flashlights, extra batteries, blankets and clothes. Individuals with prescription medications should check with their doctor and pharmacist to stock up on their prescription medications and durable medical equipment.