As smoke pours into many areas of Humboldt from the Happy and the July Complex, air quality is suffering. Willow Creek has just moved into the Unhealthy category. People in that community are being advised to stay indoors.

North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District press release:

Smoke levels in the [Willow Creek area has] been classified as Unhealthy and are creating a health hazard. Smoke is being generated by the fires of the Happy and July Complexes. Current weather forecasts a short lived shift in northwesterly winds by this evening. Northeasterly winds are anticipated to return tomorrow.

Smoke Levels continue to be monitored. Please watch for updates. People are recommended to restrict outdoor activity.Symptoms that may be related to excess smoke exposure include: 

• Repeated coughing 

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Wheezing 

• Chest tightness or pain

• Palpitations 

• Nausea or unusual fatigue

• Lightheadedness

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, contact your health care provider. Please see the NCUAQMD’s General Public Service Announcement for recommendations on limiting smoke exposure.

For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call the NCUAQMD’s hotline toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the website at