The following information was provided by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department: SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District today issued an Air Quality Watch for the Montecito Area of Santa Barbara County to be in effect as long as conditions warrant.
Smoke and ash from the Gibraltar Fire could impact air quality. Levels of smoke and particles, and areas impacted will vary depending on winds and on the containment of the fire.
If you see or smell smoke in the air where you are, be cautious and use common sense to protect you and your family’s health.
Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children, should limit time spent outdoors, and avoid outdoor exercise when high concentrations of smoke and particles are in the air.
If you have symptoms that may be related to exposure to ash particles, contact your health care provider. Symptoms are: repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.
Ash and soot particles may be stirred up into the air by winds. All residents are urged to avoid stirring particles into the air when cleaning up ash and soot, and especially to avoid using leaf blowers (and to ask landscaping services to avoid using leaf blowers).
An Air Quality Watch is issued when there is potential for poor air quality in some areas of the county.
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