WVDEP issues air quality advisory for counties in the Eastern Panhandle due to regional wildfires


Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (WVDEP) Division of Air Quality is issuing an Air Quality Advisory for fine particulate matter for the Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia until midnight EDT tonight due to regional wildfires. The advisory is for Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, Mineral, Hardy, Grant, Pendleton counties.

Air Quality Index (AQI) scores may be in the 51-100 range. Air quality is acceptable; However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.  

Sensitive groups include children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases, and the elderly.

Per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding outdoor exercise or strenuous activity. N-95 masks can help reduce smoke inhalation and potential health risks.

Citizens are encouraged to check the AirNow website to see real time air quality data in their area and surrounding states.


Click here for information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on protecting yourself from wildfire smoke. 

For more WVDEP news and information, go to https://dep.wv.gov. Also, connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter, Like us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/depwv/, and find us on YouTube at Environment Matters.


Terry Fletcher