Current Air Quality Map

Particulate Matter (smoke) monitoring is only available at the Anderson and Redding monitoring stations. The Shasta Lake station monitor for ozone pollution only. Ozone pollution is different than smoke.

The map you see below identifies the permanent, official, air monitoring stations in the north state.

Smoke vs Ozone

It is important to understand that not all air monitoring stations monitor for particulate matter (smoke). In Shasta County, the Anderson and Redding stations are the only stations monitoring for particulate matter (smoke). The Shasta Lake sites only monitor for Ozone pollution which is not related to smoke from wildfires. This is why you may see good air quality being indicated for Shasta Lake when there may be smoke present.

AirNow Fire and Smoke Map

AirNow and the U.S. Forest Service have launched a pilot project to show data from low-cost sensors on the Fire and Smoke Map. The goal of the project is to provide additional air quality information during wildfires – especially in areas with no AirNow monitors. See the map.

Shasta County Air Quality Map



What is the AQI?

Air Quality IndexThe AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.

Click the categories below to see the health concerns at each AQI level.

Good (0-50)
The AQI value for your community is between 0 and 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
Moderate (51-100)
The AQI for your community is between 51 and 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. For example, people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory symptoms.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101-150)
When AQI values are between 101 and 150, members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. This means they are likely to be affected at lower levels than the general public. For example, people with lung disease are at greater risk from exposure to ozone, while people with either lung disease or heart disease are at greater risk from exposure to particle pollution. The general public is not likely to be affected when the AQI is in this range.
Unhealthy (151-200)
Everyone may begin to experience health effects when AQI values are between 151 and 200. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
Very Unhealthy (201-300)
AQI values between 201 and 300 trigger a health alert, meaning everyone may experience more serious health effects.
Hazardous (301+)
AQI values over 300 trigger health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.