Excessive Heat Warning and Air Quality Alert Issued for Madera and Mariposa Counties including Mariposa, Oakhurst
September 2, 2017 - The National Weather Service Hanford office reports the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert starting on August 31, 2017, due to smoke impacts from the surrounding wildfires for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and the Valley Portion of Kern Counties.
This Air Quality Alert is in effect until Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.
Residents are advised to use caution as conditions warrant.
People with heart or lung diseases should follow their doctors advice for dealing with episodes of unhealthy air quality.
Additionally, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure, strenuous activities or heavy exertion, as conditions dictate.
For additional information, call your local San Joaquin Valley Air District office. Modesto 209-557-6400, Fresno 559-230-6000, Bakersfield 661-381- 1809.
Mariposa County Air Quality as of Saturday,September 2, 2017 at 8:25 A.M.
Source: Mariposa County
The National Weather Service Hanford office has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for West Central San Joaquin Valley-East Central San Joaquin Valley- Southwestern San Joaquin Valley-Southeastern San Joaquin Valley- Mariposa, Madera, and Fresno County Foothills - Tulare County Foothills-Kern County Mountains- Including the cities of Los Banos, Coalinga, Mendota, Fresno, Hanford, Lemoore, Avenal, Corcoran, Bakersfield, Visalia, Oakhurst, Mariposa, Springville, Three Rivers, Tehachapi, and Lake Isabella.
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9:00 PM SUNDAY
TEMPERATURES...Highs 105 to 110. Lows in the mid 70s to low 80s.
TIMING...Through Sunday evening. Hottest day will be Saturday.
IMPACTS...The excessive heat may quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a DANGEROUS SITUATION in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.