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Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory
Eastern Kern residents are advised to restrict outdoor activities in smoke impacted areas

Duration: 9/1/2020 until 9/30/2020

Smoke from the several fires in California (including the SQF Complex Fire) have adversely effected all communities in Eastern Kern County.  The elevated pollution levels have been noted in the Kern River Valley and Indian Wells Valley areas (including communities of Kernville, Wofford Heights, Lake Isabella, South Lake, Keysville, Bodfish, Miracle Hot Springs, Squirrel Mountain Valley, Weldon, Onyx, Canebrake, Inyokern, China Lake Acres, and Ridgecrest.)

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) is recommending that children, older individuals, and those with pre-existing heart and lung problems should avoid outdoor activity, whenever they can smell or see smoke in their immediate area.  Effects can be as mild as a headache; eye, nose or throat irritation; or as serious as triggered asthma episodes or stresses on weakened cardiovascular systems.  Adverse health impacts may also be seen in normally healthy individuals, if they are engaged in strenuous outdoor activities during periods of exposure to ground-level smoke.

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COVID-19 Considerations for Wildfire Clean-Air Shelters

Wildfire smoke is a public health concern. Exposure to wildfire smoke can lead to eye and respiratory tract irritation, exacerbations of existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, and premature death. Cleaner air shelters are used by many communities to provide spaces where people can shelter overnight or for extended periods of time.

The use of cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces can result in congregating of groups of people, including older adults and those with heart or lung conditions. Congregation of people in cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces can
potentially provide a route for the transmission of SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, among individuals using the facilities, staff, and volunteers. The CDC has prepared information and advice pertaining to clean-air shelters in a document title “COVID-19 Considerations for Cleaner Air Shelters and Cleaner Air Spaces to Protect the Public from Wildfire Smoke”.
Please click here to download a copy

 

Agricultural Crop Waste, Hazard Reduction & Noxious Weed Burning

Commercial Agricultural operations must obtain and maintain an annual Crop Waste, Hazard Reduction & Noxious Weed Burning permit from the District.

Click here to download a copy of the Application for Agricultural Burning.

Individuals interested in burning must obtain a Hazardous Reduction Burn Permit from their local fire department and ensure day of scheduled burning is a designated burn day. You must contact your local fire station the day of your planned burn, and receive approval prior to any hazardous reduction burning.

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Useful documents:
EKAPCD Permit for Hazard Reduction Instructions

Eastern Kern Fire Stations

Station Number

Address

Telephone Number

11 Keene

30356 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd. 93561

(661) 822-5555

12 Tehachapi

800 South Curry Street

(661) 822-5533

14 Mojave

1953 Hwy 58 93501

(661) 824-4581

15 Rosamond

3219 35th St. West 93560

(661) 256-2401

16 Bear Valley Springs

28946 Bear Valley Rd. 93561

(661) 821-1110

17 Boron

26965 Cote St.  93516

(760) 762-6167

18 Stallion Springs

CSD-seasonal

(661)833-3980

71 South Lake

9000 Navajo Ave. 93283

(760) 378-3055

72 Lake Isabella

4500 Lake Isabella Blvd.  93240

(760) 379-2626

73 Inyokern

6919 Monache Mt. Ave. 93527

(760) 377-4621

74 Ridgecrest

139 E. Flores 93555

(760) 375-8466

75 Randsburg

26804 Butte Ave.  93554

(760) 374-2455

76 Kernville

11018 Kernville Rd. 93238

(760) 376-2219

77 Ridgecrest Heights

815 Dolphin

(760) 371-2181

78 Piute 16001 Walker Basin Rd. 93518
(661) 867-2311

190 California City

20890 Hacienda Bvld. 93505

(760) 373-4841

 

Current Wild Fire/Smoke info is available at the links below

InciWeb Incident Information (Click Here)

Cal Fire (Click Here)

American Red Cross Safe and Well (Click Here)

 

How Smoke Can Effect Your Health

Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood and other organic matter burns. The biggest health threat from smoke comes from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases – and even are linked to premature deaths in people with these conditions.

People with asthma, heart disease, lung disease, older adults, and children are at greater risk of being affected by smoke. If you are healthy, you're usually not at a major risk from smoke but it's still a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. It's important to limit your exposure to smoke, especially if you may be susceptible.

How to tell if smoke is affecting you:
Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People with heart disease might experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or fatigue. People with lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or as vigorously as usual, and they may experience symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.

Protect yourself:
Watch local news and weather stations, pay attention to health warning and air quality reports, you can also use the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI). Use common sense; if it looks smoky outside, it's probably not a good time to mow the lawn, go for a run, or let children play outside.

If your advised to stay indoors take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed. Run an air conditioner if needed but make the fresh air intake is closed and the filter is clean. Do not use a swamp cooler as it will pull in lots of smoke from outside. If your house becomes to hot to be comfortable seek alternative shelter. If it is cool outside try to avoid anything that produces heat from burning such as a fireplace, gas logs, or a gas stove.

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Dry_firewood_chartResidential Wood Burning

Many Eastern Kern County residents
use woodstoves and fireplaces to heat
their homes.

If you burn please remember to do so
as cleanly as possible.

Never burn household waste in your
woodstove or fireplace and only burn
clean, dry, seasoned wood, and maintain
a hot fire.

Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS)

Mojave Desert Map

Useful Smoke and Fire Documents

EKAPCD Wood Burning Fact Sheet

EKAPCD Agricultural Burn Policy

EKAPCD HELP Undercut Smoke pamphlet

Burn Wise Wood Stove & Fireplace Safety

Burn Wise Fast Facts

Burn Wise Burn Season Awareness Kit

Burn Wise Social Media

Health Effects From Smoke

Ten Tips for Safer, Cleaner Fireplace Burning

American Lung: California Fires, Tips to Protect Your Lungs

ARB Wood Burning Handbook

List of EPA certified wood burning stoves

 

 

EKAPCD Burning Rules

Rule 416 - Open Burning

Rule 416.1 - Wood Burning Heaters

Rule 417 - Ag & Prescribed Burning

Rule 418 - Incinerator Burning

EKAPCD Wood Smoke Reduction Program

Fireplace

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