Air-pollution officials are advising Valley residents to be aware of smoke impacts from the Soda Fire in Tulare County.
The Soda Fire grew to 315 acres Friday. The fire is burning north of Clicks Creek near Golden Trout Wilderness, a portion of the forest with no road access, Sequoia National Forest officials said.
Forest officials are predicting wind will push smoke down into Kernville and other areas of the Valley. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued statements of caution through Monday specifically to the foothills and eastern Valley floor areas of Tulare and Kern counties.
The air district said the smoke could cause health problems, and those with heart or lung diseases should consult their doctors for advice on smoke exposure. Older adults and children should avoid heavy exercise and being outside for long periods of time, depending on local conditions.
Forest officials predict that as the days warm up, the smoke will lift and head north.
Firefighting efforts will continue Saturday. Heavy smoke has limited the ability to use helicopters to deliver firefighters.
Residents can monitor the air conditions closest to them by visiting the real-time air advisory network page at www.valleyair.org/programs/RAAN.
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