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City Issues Air Quality Advisory
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The City of Jacksonville’s Environmental and Compliance Department issued an air quality advisory today in response to the National Weather Service’s forecast for smoke from a fire currently burning in Southern Georgia.  Elevated levels of particulate matter from the smoke have impacted the Jacksonville area today, (June 14), as winds blow smoke into the area.

Children, the elderly and sensitive individuals should take steps to avoid exposure by staying inside or refraining from strenuous outdoor activity.  If exercising outdoors, substituting less vigorous exercise (a walk instead of a jog, for example) can be helpful.  In addition, outdoor activities should be planned for times when particulate levels are lower.  

The City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Quality Division maintains a dedicated website which includes the most up-to-date Air Quality Index information for the city.  Links included on the Web site will redirect visitors to the EPA AIRNOW Web site which collects the Environmental Quality Division’s data and provides the most current ozone air quality data, and air quality forecast for the following day for the City of Jacksonville.  This information may be found at www.coj.net by typing in the key words Ambient Air Monitoring Activity or by clicking on this link: http://www.coj.net/Departments/Environmental+and+Compliance/Environmental+Quality/Ambient+Air+Monitoring+Activity.htm

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