With fires burning all around Del Norte County and one near the Oregon border, there’s a chance that shifting winds may bring some smoke into the coastal and low-lying areas Friday and Saturday.

“Overall, prevailing winds will keep inland areas hazy and smoky for the next couple of days, with clearer skies on Friday and Saturday as a trough begins to move through,” according to a press release from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District. “In northern Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, smoke from fires to the north will be localized as well as flowing south into the river drainages.”

Good to moderate air quality is expected along the coast, but winds may bring some smoke from Mendocino into southern Humboldt County.

People who are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include: those with respiratory disease (such as asthma), those with heart disease, young children, and older adults,” the release states. “These sensitive populations should stay indoors and avoid prolonged activity. All others should limit prolonged or heavy activity and time spent outdoors. Even healthy adults can be affected by smoke. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe.”

Those with lung disease or asthma should closely watch their condition and notify a doctors if symptoms worsen.

For 24-hour air quality information, call 1-866-BURN DAY (1-866-287-6329).

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