July 25, 2013 - There are currently several lightning caused fires burning in Fresno County near Huntington Lake. Projected wind patterns indicate that Mariposa County may continue to be impacted by smoke for several days. Consider these guidelines:
Run your air conditioner, if you have one.
Keep the fresh air intake closed, and the filters clean, to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. Note: if you don’t have an air conditioner, staying inside with the windows closed may be dangerous in extremely hot weather. In these cases, seek alternative shelters.
A swamp cooler will not provide this protection, and will pull in the smoky air from outside.
Health Effects of Smoke:
Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood and other organic matter burn. The biggest health threat from smoke comes from fine particles. If you have further questions, feel free to call the Health Department / Air Pollution District at (209) 966-2220 or (209) 966-3689 or toll free at 1-800-459-4466Or e-mail the Air Pollution Control District at