There are three monitoring sites in Plumas County: Quincy, Chester and Portola. All three sites were well below the national standard, with breaks in the line indicating maintenance done to the air samplers. Graph courtesy of NSAQMD

Fire potential greatest in coming months

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District  reports that there were no daily exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for particulate matter (PM2.5) throughout the entire month of June.

Typically, there aren’t any exceedances recorded through the summer, unless Plumas County is impacted by wildfire smoke.

June was a dry month, according to Julie Ruiz of the Air Management District, and all open burning was suspended by CalFire as of July 15 at 8 a.m., after 23 permissive burn days in June. Per the Northern California GACC, the region is still holding on to some moisture through July.

The Greater Portola Wood Stove Change-Out Program continues, with 419 applications received as of June 30, 390 pre-approval letters sent out, and 320 installations complete.

For more information about the change out program, contact Julie Ruiz at 832-0102. For real-time air quality, visit myairdistrict.com.