The Rim fire burning in the Stanislaus National Forest and parts of Yosemite is sending smoke to the valley floor. It's impacting six valley air basin counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera Fresno & Tulare. The valley air pollution control district has issued a health warning through the Labor Day weekend. Smoke from the fire produces fine particulate matter which can cause serious problems for those with lung disase and asthma. Additionally, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure or heavy exertion depending on their local conditions. Residents can check the nearest air monitor to determine localized air quality conditions. Click on our link for the Real-time Air Advisory Network page.
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