You’re not imagining the haze in the air. Smoke from the Elm Fire near Highway 198 in Coalinga is affecting air quality in the western part of the San Joaquin Valley and it could drift into Fresno and Kings counties.
People with asthma and other lung and heart problems, take care: The smoke from wildfires carries tiny particles that can cause serious health problems, including heart attacks and strokes. The elderly and children can be especially sensitive to the smoke.
Stay inside if you can, and if you breathe the smoke from the fire, follow doctors’ orders, say officials at the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District. If you see or smell smoke, pay attention and consider it unhealthy and remain indoors.
The district has information about current wildfires and air quality. There’s more information about air quality at the district’s web page, or you can call 559-230-6000.