Air Quality in Napa County
Current Air Quality Forecast
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is forecasting that air quality in Napa County will be in the moderate or yellow range on Sunday, July 1st. Unusually sensitive people (such as children, pregnant women, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions) should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
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El Distrito de Administración de la Calidad del Aire del Área de la Bahía pronostica que la calidad del aire en el Condado de Napa estará en el rango entremedio o amarillo el domingo 1 de julio. Las personas inusualmente sensibles (como niños, mujeres embarazadas, adultos mayores y personas con enfermedades cardíacas y pulmonares) deberían considerar reducir el esfuerzo prolongado o pesado al aire libre.
Current Conditions and air quality forecasts can be found at AirNow.gov
Bay Area Quality Management District (BAAQMD)
- Learn out more about air quality by visiting the BAAQMD's About Air Quality page, as well as so Wildfire Smoke Safety Tips.
- Also see BAAQMD's current Spare the Air Status and Five Day Forecast.
How do we measure air quality?
One of the most common ways to measure air quality is by measuring particulate matter, or PM. PM refers to fine particles in the air that are harmful to health.
- Click here to learn more about the different types of particulate matter.
- Click here to learn more about the health effects of particulate matter.
Air quality data in Napa County is measured in three different ways:
- The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) routinely collects air quality data from fixed monitors placed in the City of Napa. Air quality data varies across Napa County because data is combined from fixed monitors in neighboring counties (i.e. Sonoma, Lake, Solano).
- Supplemental air monitoring is provided by the California Air Resources Board, located at Vichy Elementary School, which is located in an area impacted by wildfire damage and air quality data is available here by zooming into the map.
- Community and area monitoring data are provided from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), who is also conducting area monitoring as part of debris management and clean-up (total dust perimeter, asbestos, and metals).
Past Air Quality Information
2017 North Bay Fires - Debris Removal and Clean-up Information
Safe and timely removal of ash and debris and avoidance of property in which clean-up is taking place are the most effective strategies to protect the health and safety of our residents. During the removal effort, our regional, state and federal partners are monitoring air quality in Napa County. Air quality information will be updated on this site. If air quality conditions become unhealthy, Napa County Public Health will take additional action to inform the community.
It is important to remember that even if the air quality in monitored areas are good, any remaining ash and debris on properties still poses a risk to human health and to the environment, even after household hazardous waste has been removed by the US Environmental Protection Agency. All workers cleaning up wildfire-damaged properties must use proper personal protective equipment and best management practices to control dust, which may contain heavy metals and asbestos.
For answers to frequently asked questions including “What precautions should residents take to prevent ash from coming into my home?” and “What can I do to ensure air quality in my home is safe?” Download this FAQ sheet from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (PDF) Opens a New Window. .