Air Quality and Public Health officials issue warning due to wildfire smoke

Air Quality and Public Health officials issue warning due to wildfire smoke

In addition, smoke impacts will continue from the Lion Fire (Tulare County), especially in the foothills and mountainous areas of Fresno, Tulare and Valley portion of Kern Counties. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. Please be safe over the next few day and remain indoors when possible.

The smoke in the air is due to a series of wildfires in Northern California.

In accordance with San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District recommendations - if you can see or smell smoke, the air quality is poor and outdoor activity should be limited.

A seasonal inversion layer is putting a lid on the pollution and holding it in the region.

Fresno Fire and several other agencies are reporting an increase in "smoke in the air" calls into dispatch.

Jim Roberts, a research chemist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System's Research Laboratory, told NBC that Rafusse's calculations "sounds about right".

Schools are keeping students indoors, even during recesses, and sports teams were canceling practices and games. Where conditions warrant, people with heart or lung disease should follow their doctors' advice for dealing with episodes of particulate exposure.

Bay Area professional sports teams including the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A's, San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks and the Golden State Warriors today announced a collective donation of $450,000 to support North Bay fire relief efforts. People in high risk groups are urged to avoid activities that make you breathe faster or more deeply.

The prediction lines up with air-quality forecasts. Ash particles are much larger in size and will not be detected by our monitors. Scarves or bandanas won't help either. "If you are stepping outside, keep it at a minimum", she said. It's important that you wear the respirator correctly, however.