Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mariposa County Air Health Alert in Effect Due to Aspen Fire in the Sierra National Forest

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:

  • Use common sense.  If it looks smoky outside, it’s probably not a good time to go for a run.  And it’s probably not a good time for your children to play outdoors.
  • If you have a heart or lung disease, if you are an older adult, or if you have children, consider staying indoors to avoid breathing the smoke particles.
  • If you decide to remain, talk with your doctor about whether, and when, you should leave the area.
  • 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.
  • Help keep particle levels inside lower.  When smoke levels are high, avoid using anything that burns, such as wood fireplaces, gas logs, gas stoves – and even candles.  Don’t vacuum.  That stirs up particles already inside your home.  And don’t smoke.  That puts even more pollution in your lungs, and in the lungs of people around you.
  • If you have asthma or other lung diseases, make sure you follow your doctor’s directions about taking your medicines and following your asthma management plan.  Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

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 1-800-459-4466

Or e-mail the Air Pollution Control District at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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