County issues ‘Better Breather Alert’


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and County Public Health Department issued a Better Breather Alert Monday afternoon, advising the public of deteriorating air quality in San Luis Obispo County, due to an increase in particulate pollution.

“Very sensitive individuals such as infants, as well as children and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditions, may experience adverse health effects from an increase in particulate pollution,” according to county officials.

The particulate pollution could be coming from a variety of sources, including urban areas and wildfires. Some of the impacts are coming directly from the Front Fire in Southern San Luis Obispo County. The Front Fire is burning in the Rockfront OHV area of the Los Padres National Forest in the Santa Lucia Ranger District. The fire had consumed 875 acres as of 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20.

County officials recommend that the public reschedule outdoor activities, remain indoors as much as possible, and set any heating/air conditioning/ventilation systems to recirculation. The public is advised to consult their doctor if they are experiencing health problems.

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