The Soda fire in the Tulare County mountains east of Lindsay grew to 587 acres on Saturday, the U.S. Forest Service reported. Valley air officials have advised residents to be wary of smoke impacts.
The fire is burning north of Clicks Creek near Golden Trout Wilderness, a portion of the Sequoia National Forest with no road access to the public, Forest Service officials said.
The blaze has spread to the west, north and east aided by gusty winds that were blowing out of the south and southeast reaching more than 15 mph, 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 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.
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