The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has issued a Health Cautionary Statement for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and the Valley portion of Kern Counties from this morning through Thursday night due to smoke impacts from surrounding wildfires, and blowing dust caused by windy conditions.

Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections. In people with heart disease, short-term exposure to particle pollution has been linked to heart attacks and arrhythmia, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Children and elderly people are also more susceptible to consequences of high particulate levels. Stay indoors if possible. Avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical activities to reduce the affects of unhealthy air.

For additional information, call your local San Joaquin Valley Air District office.

  • Modesto 209-557-6400
  • Fresno 559-230-6000
  • Bakersfield 661-381-1809

AFFECTED AREAS: TULARE, CA … MERCED, CA … SAN JOAQUIN, CA … KERN, CA … KINGS, CA … STANISLAUS, CA … MADERA, CA … FRESNO, CA