The City of Jacksonville’s Neighborhoods Department is issuing an air quality advisory today in response to smoke from fires currently burning in the area. Elevated levels of particulate matter from smoke in neighboring counties may impact parts of Jacksonville today, 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 in the website will direct you to the EPA AIRNOW website which collects the Environmental Quality Division’s data and provides the most current particulate matter air quality data, and the air quality forecast for tomorrow for the City of Jacksonville.