Smoke, Fire Resources for Eastside Residents

By: 
Wendilyn Grasseschi
Staff Writer

HOW TO KNOW IF THE SMOKE WILL MAKE YOU SICK:
• Good (can see 11 miles or more): No worries. Do normal activities.

• Moderate (can see 6-10 miles): Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

• Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (can see 3-5 miles): People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

• Unhealthy (can see 1.5-3 miles): People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

• Very Unhealthy (can see 1-1.5 miles): People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.

• Hazardous (can see 1 mile or less): Everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors; people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low.

WHERE ARE THE FIRES AND HOW DO I LEARN MORE?
• For more information on the Walker Fire, the Rough Fire or any other fire that might be affecting us, the single best site is at Inciweb. Go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov and search for the fire under its name and /or state.

• For any updates on any emergencies in Mono County, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page rules. They usually hear about it as fast as it happens because they are the dispatch center for the county. Here they are:
http://tinyurl.com/o57csmf

• Another good resource for smoke activity of the Rough Fire and other fires is http://sierrafire.cr.usgs.gov/

• A good site for smoke impacts and maps of the state is http://viewer.smoke.airfire.org/run/standard/CANSAC-2km/2015062300/

• Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District is based in Bishop and is responsible for monitoring local air quality. Their site has important smoke-related data on it and they will post health advisories if needed. You can also sign up for an automatic health advisory alert system at their site at: http://www.gbuapcd.org/

• Yubanet.com might be the single best place to keep track of everything that is going on, on the west side of the Sierra that could affect us here in the Eastern Sierra, especially fires, recreation closures on lakes, trails, forests and much more.

• A great resource for keeping track of all the fires in the country, region by region, is https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf

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