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Poor air quality expected in SLO County this weekend

An air quality alert has been issued for San Luis Obispo County with smoke moving in from wildfires to the north.
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An air quality alert has been issued for San Luis Obispo County with smoke moving in from wildfires to the north.

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - Smoke from wildfires in Northern California combined with hot and dry conditions could make for poor air quality in San Luis Obispo County over Labor Day weekend.

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the County Health Department has issued an air quality alert. Air quality is being impacted in Eastern San Luis Obispo County and it is expected to deteriorate countywide over the weekend.

Changing wind conditions make it difficult to pinpoint exactly which areas will be most affected. The possibility exists for elevated air pollution levels until some of the largest fires in California history are put out.

Air District officials recommend that if you smell smoke or see ash, take precautions, and use common sense to reduce your exposure to smoke. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Remain indoors if possible and close all windows and doors to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.

Sensitive groups including children, older adults, and people with existing respiratory illness and heart conditions should take extra caution. More information can be found at slocleanair.org/air-quality/wildfire.

An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect Friday morning across the interior valleys until Monday evening. Inland will be about 18 to 22 degrees above average with conditions between 100 to 115 degrees.

California / Health / San Luis Obispo County
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