Central CA air quality warning issued due to wildfires

FRENCH, California (KEFS) – An air quality alert and health alert was issued Monday in the San Joaquin Valley Air District.

As a result, at least one local school district decided to move sports activities in or out.

From downtown Fresno to the lakes, thick clouds of smoke filled the sky.

“We see this all over the valley and it is really happening all over the country,” said Marcella Velasis with the San Joaquin Valley Air District.

Currently, the valley is affected by eight wildfires across the state, including the massive Dixie fire in northern California.

The San Joaquin Valley Air District has issued a health alert and air quality alert recommends that everyone, especially those in good health, stay indoors as much as possible.

Velasis: “This is not just about people with chronic health problems. This can hurt everyone, even a healthy person. ”

Temperatures are expected to rise by more than 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and 10 refrigerators have opened in Freno.

But some people were still exercising on Monday mornings.

Bill Brester hit the railroad in Clovis with extra precautions.

He walked three miles and wore the N-95 mask recommended by the district.

“I usually travel 45 minutes to an hour on these trails, so I get about an hour today, but only with the help of this mask because of the smoke,” says Brestster.

It was the first day of kindergarten for students at Garfield Elementary School nearby.

Kindergarten Nico had to spend time outdoors, starting in the morning with a kindergarten student.

His father picked him up after school and said he was not too worried about the situation.

“The air quality doesn’t look very bad today and the winds are blowing, so it’s not a big problem for us,” said Nick Caracker.

According to the Clovis Unified School District, there are protocols for deciding whether to transfer sports based on air quality during the holidays or after school.

At 3:00 pm on Monday, woreda officials confirmed that all middle school and high school sports practice would apply those protocols, including frequent water and shade interruptions, moving around the house, reducing strength (such as reviewing play books, etc.). .

The Central Integrated School District canceled all elementary school sports on Monday afternoon and forced all middle school and high school sports to move home.

Valley officials say the particles are now so small that they can enter the bloodstream.

You can keep up to date with the latest air quality in your area by clicking here. You can also download the Valley Air District mobile and tablet app.

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