Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017 — Air Quality Watch Cancelled for Santa Barbara County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2017

Contact:
Susan Klein-Rothschild, Public Health Deputy Director, (805) 681-5435
Lyz Hoffman, Air Pollution Control District Public Information Officer, (805) 961-8819

Air Quality Watch Cancelled for Santa Barbara County
Avoid Stirring Up Ash — Do Not Use Leaf Blowers

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Today, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District cancelled the Air Quality Watch that was in effect due to impacts from the Thomas Fire. Air quality throughout the county has been good-to-moderate for several days and the Thomas Fire is nearly fully contained.

However, the amount of ash that fell throughout the county while the fire was burning was unprecedented, and dry conditions are expected to continue for the next several days. Winds can still stir up ash, and over time those particles may be broken into smaller, more harmful particles and blown into the air. When ash is stirred up in the air, take precautions to reduce you and your family’s exposure to the air pollution.


Residents are reminded not to use leaf blowers or perform any activities that will stir ash and particles into the air, at least until the county has experienced significant rainfall. If we don’t have a wet winter, and ash is blown from the fire area into local communities, leaf blowers are not recommended for ash cleanup. Instead, sweep ash gently with a broom, and take cars to a car wash. Everyone should avoid skin contact with ash, and no one with heart or lung conditions should handle ash cleanup.

For more information, visit our www.OurAir.org.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017 — Santa Barbara County APCD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2017

Contact:
Susan Klein-Rothschild, Santa Barbara County Public Health Deputy Director, (805) 896-1057
Lyz Hoffman, Air Pollution Control District Public Information Officer, (805) 961-8819

Air Quality Warning Downgraded to Air Quality Watch

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District have downgraded the Air Quality Warning to an Air Quality Watch. Air quality has improved significantly over the past several days, although areas could still be affected by winds stirring up ash. The Air Quality Watch will remain in effect through the weekend and Monday holiday.

The volume of ash deposited as a result of the Thomas Fire is unprecedented, and future wind events may stir up ash and affect air quality. The District and Public Health have been working together with regional, state, and national agencies to provide resources for ash clean-up.

Leaf blowers should not be used while there are large amounts of ash in our environment. Using leaf blowers stirs up the particles and can contribute to larger particles becoming smaller, more harmful particles. Using leaf blowers during this time could result in a violation of District regulations. See www.OurAir.org/122017-news/ for more information.

Before cleaning up ash, check hourly air quality conditions at www.OurAir.org/todays-air-quality/. Ash clean-up should never be done by people who have lung or heart conditions.

·         See best practices for cleaning up ash when air quality conditions allow, including information on street sweeping: https://www.ourair.org/ash-cleanup/ & http://countyofsb.org/cleanup.sbc