The Shelly Fire in Siskiyou County has nearly doubled in size since yesterday, spreading north and east over 6,216 acres as of this morning’s report. It is still zero percent contained. 

Smoke forecasts today predict that areas in Humboldt might see air quality impacts from the fire. The government website AirNow fire and smoke map reports moderate air quality in eastern Humboldt, while a National Weather Service forecast shows smoke blowing across the county.

Reached by phone, Debra Harris, Burn Program & Wildfire Response Coordinator at the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District, said that smoke is most likely to reach the Highway 96 corridor and nearby river drainages, based on current weather conditions and the fire’s activity and proximity.

“At this point I don’t anticipate smoke impact making it to the coast,” Harris said. The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District is keeping a close eye on the situation and will likely issue a general info advisory soon, she added.

In the meantime, it’s not a bad idea to prepare for smoke, Harris said. She suggested designating a clean air room in your house, setting aside water and making a plan for pets. 

“[It’s] always a plus when you can prepare ahead,” Harris said.

Here’s a tip sheet on how to prepare your home and your family for smoke impacts. Maybe download it! Chances are it’ll come in handy at some point this summer.

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