FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — As the Oak Fire continues to burn, the risk to air quality continues to increase in the mountains.
“Air quality is not safe for anyone whether you are healthy or unhealthy,” Dr Malik said Buzz of Buzz Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center.
He says anyone with severe respiratory problems should be evacuated even beyond the Red Cross site at Mariposa Municipal to save their lungs.
“If you have any kind of respiratory condition, you should get out of that area as quickly as possible, because it will not only cost you immediate respiratory symptoms, but it will also cause a long-term effect,” Dr Baz said.
Air quality experts say down here in the Valley, we haven’t seen the worst yet.
The change in weather, fire conditions and wind expected by the middle of this week means smoke will be pushed toward Fresno and the rest of the Valley.
Harmful particles will come with it.
“If the fire cools down and that wind changes and it’s not burning as hot, then it’s not as dynamic to push up into the atmosphere and has a much better chance of meandering, smearing and settling into the valley drains and becoming more present where we are,” he said Heather Heinks of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
In anticipation, experts recommend changing the air filters for both your home and vehicles. Make sure the filter quality is high enough to actually filter the smoke.
Download the Air Now app to track harmful particles from your location.
“Use your senses. Avoid being outside if you smell it too,” Heinks said.
Dr. Baz recommends staying indoors when particulate levels rise and says if you have breathing problems, make sure your medication and inhaler are ready before you start seeing symptoms like coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest. bosom.
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