Eastern San Joaquin County residents should restrict their physical activity due to smoke expected in the area as a result of the Yosemite-area Rim Fire, according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
The fire, located in and around northern Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest, is sending smoke into the Valley in eastern Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
“As always, the best rule of thumb for residents is that if you can see and smell smoke, take appropriate precautions,” said Samir Sheikh, the air district’s air quality analysis director.
Smoke from fires can cause serious health problems including lung disease, asthma attacks and increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, according to an air district news release. 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 their location to determine localized air quality conditions. Visit the Real-time Air Advisory Network page on the district’s website to subscribe for free: www.tinyurl.com/cgpdqmd. Information is also available at www.valleyair.org or by calling 209-557-6400.