The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District:
August 6, 2021 4:00 p.m.: Due to the active fires in northern California and stagnant meteorological conditions, expect widespread haze and smoke for most of Mendocino County for the next few days. Currently most of the smoke from the surrounding wildfires remains elevated over the county. However, due to fluctuating wind directions and a high pressure ridge over California, the smoke aloft may fall to the surface bringing “Unhealthy” air to the area. Currently air monitors show particulate matter concentrations in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” for most parts of the County and “Good” to “Moderate” for the coastal areas. For more detailed air quality and smoke information visit: https://fire.airnow.gov
Meteorological conditions are forecast to remain more of the same. Expect smoke impacts to continue in Mendocino County. Fire weather conditions with persistent high pressure may bring impacts of “Unhealthy” air and smoke accumulation to valley areas. There could be a slight break to the smoke impacts this Sunday and Monday. Air quality for coastal areas are expected to remain in the “Good” to “Moderate” level. While surrounding wildfires are active, expect unpredictable smoke impacts to air quality followed by multiple periods of some relief through the next few days.