City of Long Beach Public Information Office 411 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 12072020-2
Residents Advised of Air Quality Improvements
Air Quality Remains Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups and Individuals
Manager, Bureau of Environmental Health
Long Beach, CA - City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis warns Long Beach residents that air quality has improved, but remains unhealthy for sensitive groups due to the Bond fire burning in Orange County, which is still producing smoke.
The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine has resumed Mobile Recess and outdoor activities for afterschool camp programs and swim hours at the Belmont Plaza Pool, which were all temporarily canceled on Thursday, Dec. 3 due to unhealthy air conditions. Field permits remain canceled in adherence to the Regional Stay at Home order. Outdoor activities are not recommended for those with underlying health conditions, especially chronic respiratory or lung conditions.
Fires burning near Orange County’s Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Williams Canyon produced heavy smoke and contributed to unhealthy air quality in the Southern California basin for several days. Long Beach Health officials cautioned residents of the poor air quality, urged individuals to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities and suggested precautionary measures. For more detailed information about air quality related to the wildfires, visit the Orange County Sheriff’s Bond Fire information page, South Coast Air Quality Management District’s website at aqmd.gov or view a map of local real-time air quality data. If you would like to sign up for air quality forecasts, subscribe by visiting airalerts.org. Media inquiries regarding air quality in Long Beach can be directed to Judeth Luong, Manager, Bureau of Environmental Health, 562.570.4104 or Judeth.Luong@longbeach.gov.