Goose Fire Prompts Air Concerns in Valley

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The Goose Fire is roughly 30 miles away in the foothills, but is still having impacts on many here in the valley.

Local allergists say they are really noticing an impact.

Five year old Aidan just had to go outside. So Grandma Kathleen decided a little bit of fresh air wouldn’t hurt. But they’re not staying out for long.

“In the air, yeah it’s really bad. And in the foothills and stuff. Even when you’re coming off the freeway, you can’t even see the foothills. It’s so bad,” Kathleen Winnett said.

Hundreds of acres have already burned in the Goose Fire up near Prather. It’s miles away, but Doctor A.M. Aminian says it’s affecting everyone.

“Anytime we have an air pollution or we have particulate matter in the air, or we have soot and ash, they take the place of the oxygen,” Aminian said.

Aminian says he’s seen an increase in patients over the past few weeks, and people have even been calling on the weekend after the fire sparked up.

“Right now, we have to be very careful with breathing this air, and not to do activities outdoors except for transition and what we have to do,” Aminian said.

Doctor Aminian says there are several precautions people can take when the air gets bad. He says, first and foremost, stay indoors, but make sure your home is also clean.

“Having good filters on your air conditioner system would be very helpful. Air purifiers would be very helpful and make sure the humidity in your house is about forty percent,” Aminian said.

He says when it comes to taking medications, whether prescription or over the counter, only take what your doctor recommends.

Heather Heinks with the Air Pollution Control District says they too tell people to stay at home.

“If you’re going to be very active, certainly don’t do that outside, or find early morning hours of the day, provided it doesn’t smell like smoke outside,” Heinks said.

Heinks says they are anticipating the forecast to remain at a level three throughout the week.

For more information on that forecast, visit http://www.valleyair.org/Home.htm.

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