MOUNTAIN AREA — The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert due to smoke impacts from the South Fork wildfire, for Madera, Fresno, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties. This Air Quality Alert is in effect until Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.
Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.
Residents are advised to use caution as conditions warrant. People with heart or lung diseases should follow their doctors advice for dealing with episodes of unhealthy air quality.
Additionally, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure, strenuous activities or heavy exertion, as conditions dictate.
For additional information, call your local San Joaquin Valley Air District office.
For additional information in Mariposa County, go to http://www.mariposacounty.org/index.aspx?nid=1434 or call (209)966-2220.
In addition, the National Weather Service in Hanford has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Mariposa, Madera, Fresno County Foothills and beyond, including the cities of Oakhurst and Mariposa. The Warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Temperatures are expected to rise to 103 to 112 degrees through Tuesday. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.