The smoke that clouded Humboldt Bay Area in the past week afflicted people with worries and health problems. Students around Humboldt State University had to deal with the adverse effects as well, and had things to say about the smoke covering the sky.
The worst of the smoke is over and Humboldt can breathe a little easier.
“We just put out a public service announcement. The Humboldt Bay Air Basin is in good condition over this weekend,” Chrystal Ales, a representative for the North Coast Air Quality Management District said.
“Monday’s forecast indicate that smoke conditions will be improving. This weekend is predicted to have cleaner air.”
The cleaner air is welcome, as the smoky conditions have made many students sick.
“I’ve been pretty sick the last couple of days, and I don’t know how much the fires been contained. I know it’s all up and down the West Coast, its bad. I’m sure they’re doing all they can but I wish they would maybe try and figure out how to help with the ash because it’s really been bothering me for the last 4-5 days.”
“I think that the wildfire itself is terrible and I don’t like the forest burning, but as far as the smoke goes, I don’t really mind the smoky air or anything. You know, some people talk about the terrible air quality and all that, but I honestly haven’t really noticed or anything. The sun and the moon look pretty cool.”
“I know it [the smoke] definitely had an effect on how hot it was on that one weekend where it reached up to 90 I think, which is ridiculous. Actually, it kind of hurt to be outside. One of my roommates is getting headaches, but it might have just been sickness, I’m not sure. I’m not used to this sort of thing, I’m used to volcano smog or fog. Not an actual blanketing of smoke, which is ridiculous to be in, and kind of scary.”