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Clark County extends smoke advisory through Monday due to wildfire smoke

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Posted at 11:14 AM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 14:00:14-04

UPDATE SEPT. 17: The Clark County Department of Environment and Sustainability is extending a smoke advisory (originally set to expire today) through Monday, Sept. 21 due to regional wildfire smoke. The smoke affects visibility and higher particulate levels at the surface.

ORIGINAL STORY
CLARK COUNTY (KTNV) -- Clark County is extending its smoke advisory through Thursday due to wildfire smoke persisting in the southwestern U.S., including southern Nevada.

The smoke affects visibility and higher particulate levels at the surface, the Department of Environment and Sustainability says.

Smoke is made of small dust particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases and contribute to ground-level ozone formation. Smoke and other pollutants can aggravate respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma or heart disease. Consult your physician if you have a medical condition that makes you sensitive to air quality conditions.

Under Monday's conditions, it may be best for children, the elderly, and people with respiratory and heart disease to stay indoors.

TIPS TO LIMIT PERSONAL EXPOSURE TO SMOKE

  • Limit outdoor exertion on days with high levels of fine particles in the air. Exercise makes you breathe heavier and increases the number of particulates you are likely to inhale.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH AIR QUALITY INFORMATION

The Department of Environment and Sustainability monitors air pollution through a network of monitoring sites throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Data is collected from these sites and reported at its monitoring website: AirQuality.ClarkCountyNV.gov.

EnviroFlash: Receive a daily text or email messages with the latest air quality information. Learn more at enviroflash.org. The Dept. of Environment and Sustainability also issues advisories and alerts for ozone and other pollutants such as dust, smoke, and other particulate matter.

AIRNow: Check air quality forecasts, current conditions, and the Air Quality Index (AQI) for Clark County at AIRNow’s website.