Sand Fire Could Affect Coachella Valley Air Quality

Sand Fire Could Affect Coachella Valley Air Quality


Coachella Valley Region

The raging Sand Fire in Santa Clarita and the humidity settling into the desert could affect the air quality in the Coachella Valley.

As long as the wind continues to blow in a north easterly direction we should see fairly normal air quality conditions here in the desert.
The winds have been known to have a mind of their own and if you combine poor air quality with the high humidity we have seen in the desert, the duo can pose serious health risks. 

"The combination of the two together will cause, depending on how high or how low the humidity is, you can get overheating, along with difficulty breathing, so respiratory problems like cough, wheeze or chest tightness," said Doctor Shabnam Zargar of UCR/Desert Regional Medical Center.

Children and seniors are most the vulnerable to these types of symptoms. 

Health experts say if the air quality in the Coachella Valley takes an ugly turn, the best thing to do is stay indoors.

"I would recommend limiting outdoor activity, so staying indoors as much as possible. When humidity is high or the smoke is high in the air, to keep windows and doors shut and to keep the air circulating with the air conditioner. Air conditioning does help remove some of the humidity," said Doctor Zargar.