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Daily forecasts of air pollutant levels for the Richmond, Hampton Roads, Roanoke, and Winchester areas.

List administrator(s): Dan Salkovitz, Mike Kiss, Bobby Lute, Kristen Stumpf

Air quality forecasts for July 10, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for July 10, 2008

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality (NOTE: CODE YELLOW OR ORANGE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN AREAS OF SMOKE NEAR DISMAL SWAMP FIRE; SEE “SMOKE GUIDELINES” BELOW)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow – Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

Smoke Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions during the current wildfire event:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

Dan Salkovitz
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4404 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482
Work Email: ddsalkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 09, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Air quality forecasts for July 9, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for July 9, 2008

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality (NOTE: CODE ORANGE, RED OR PURPLE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WHERE THERE ARE THICKER AREAS OF SMOKE; SEE “SMOKE GUIDELINES” BELOW)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution (Areas of smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp and Hyde County, NC fires may affect Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and/or Virginia Beach.)

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow – Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

Smoke Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions during the current wildfire event:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

Dan Salkovitz
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4404 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482
Work Email: ddsalkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 08, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Air quality forecasts for July 8, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for July 8, 2008

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality (NOTE: CODE ORANGE, RED OR PURPLE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WHERE THERE ARE THICKER AREAS OF SMOKE; SEE “SMOKE GUIDELINES” BELOW)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution (Areas of smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp and Hyde County, NC fires may affect Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and/or Virginia Beach.)

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow – Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

Smoke Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions during the current wildfire event:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

Dan Salkovitz
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4404 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482
Work Email: ddsalkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 07, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Air quality forecasts for July 4, July 5, July 6, and July 7, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for July 4, July 5, July 6, and July 7, 2008

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

JULY 4:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY; CODE RED OR CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THICKER AREAS OF SMOKE; SEE SMOKE GUIDELINES BELOW)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution (Areas of smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp and Hyde County, NC fires may affect Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and/or Virginia Beach; locally high particle pollution after fireworks displays.)

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone (Locally high particle pollution after fireworks displays.)

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone (Locally high particle pollution after fireworks displays.)

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone (Locally high particle pollution after fireworks displays.)


JULY 5:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY; CODE RED OR CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THICKER AREAS OF SMOKE; SEE SMOKE GUIDELINES BELOW)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution (Areas of smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp and Hyde County, NC fires may affect Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and/or Virginia Beach.)

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution (Locally high particle pollution after fireworks displays.)

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


JULY 6:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY; CODE RED OR CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THICKER AREAS OF SMOKE; SEE SMOKE GUIDELINES BELOW)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution (Areas of smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp and Hyde County, NC fires may affect Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and/or Virginia Beach.)

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Winchester
Color Code: Green – Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


JULY 7:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY; CODE RED OR CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THICKER AREAS OF SMOKE; SEE SMOKE GUIDELINES BELOW)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution (Areas of smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp and Hyde County, NC fires may affect Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and/or Virginia Beach.)

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow – Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

Smoke Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions during the current wildfire event:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities

Dan Salkovitz
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4404 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482
Work Email: ddsalkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 03, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Air quality forecasts for July 3, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for July 3, 2008

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY DUE TO THE POTENTIAL FOR AREAS OF SMOKE; CODE RED OR CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THICKER AREAS OF SMOKE; SEE “SMOKE GUIDELINES” BELOW)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution (Areas of smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp and Hyde County, NC fires may affect Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and/or Virginia Beach.)

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow – Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

Smoke Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions during the current wildfire event:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

Dan Salkovitz
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4404 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482
Work Email: ddsalkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 02, 2008 at 2:41 pm