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Early Start to Wildfire Season

Posted on May 15, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse

Since we have an office in San Diego, we are keeping an eye on the many, many fires burning today in the San Diego area. Our office has not been evacuated, but we do have friends and colleagues whose homes are in danger today and we are thinking of them as firefighters attempt to get these blazes under control.

Early today, Albert Sanchez-Alvarez sent us these pictures from his drive to work:

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A bit later, we got some pictures from Steve Schauer:

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We will be getting updates as the day–and week–go on. If you are in the wildfire area, pay attention to evacuation orders and take this advice about wildfire smoke:

Monitor the news for air quality reports–Try to find your area’s Air Quality Index (AQI), which is a good gauge of what you should do or not do. Table of AQI and recommended activities.

Observe the visibility–Wildfire smoke is highly visible and how far you can see can be another good way to tell the safety level of outside activities.

Follow your gut–If it looks smoky outside, it’s probably better to stay in and keep the kids in, too!

Use the air conditioner–But keep the outside intakes closed and make sure your filters are clean. Recirculate the inside air rather than letting outside air in.

Don’t vacuum, use a gas stove, fireplace or burn candles inside. You will only add to the pollution in your indoor air.

And follow AirTek on Facebook for updates!

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