Air quality in the Valley improving amid growing fires

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The California fires have sent smoke and pollutants into the air, that’s filtering across the state.

Air quality experts say only time will tell how much worse it will get but say the bad air can impact your health.

On Tuesday, the sky was not as blue as months before, earlier in the day there was a little haze cast over Fresno.

But it’s not all from the wildfires, just yet.

“We have a marine layer that’s coming in so we have some high clouds that are really really high above us, they’re sitting about 18-19,000 Feet, so I think that’s what we’re seeing but eventually the smoke will come in and I think we’ll be able to notice the difference,” said Cassandra Melching with San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said the smoke we will be seeing here in the Valley will mostly come from the Camp Fire burning in Butte County.

“It is producing a lot of PM 2.5’s smoke into our atmosphere and what we’re seeing at this time our northern San Joaquin counties are being inundated with smoke,” Melching said. 

She said the Particulate Matter level of 2.5 is super small and the most dangerous because you cannot tell if or when you inhale it.

“It can get into your blood stream and once it gets there it wreaks all havoc, it can bring on stoke, even heart attacks, people that have asthma will definitely feel tightness in the chest and have a hard time breathing,” Melching said.

It can also have an impact on student athletes. But right now, Fresno State, Clovis Unified and Fresno Unified say they haven’t had any reason to cancel practices or games both here or out of town.

“We have not been affected by the air quality but we are monitoring the air quality website that’s run by the San Joaquin Valley Air Control District and if there’s any changes of course then we will take necessary action,” said Brett Mar, athletic manager with Fresno Unified School District.

The air district said certain counties are under a “no burn” order due to the air not being able to handle any more particulates.

Dr. A.M. Aminian with the Allergy Institute in Fresno says if you do not have to be outside, it’s best to stay indoors. 

He says to keep windows shut and suggest nasal rinses to help you breathe better.

The air district also wants to remind residents to change out their A/C filter at home as well as in the car.

For more information on air quality in the San Joaquin Valley visit: https://www.valleyair.org/Home.htm
 

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