Wildfires that may be impacting air quality in the San Joaquin Valley:
This page displays real time data from temporary, portable monitors located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The data is not collected or verified by the Valley Air District. Please refer to the District’s ROAR guidelines to make decisions about outdoor activities.
If you can smell smoke and see ash, that is an indication that you should be treating air quality conditions as RAAN Level 4 or 5 and take the following steps to limit your exposure:
- Limit your outdoor activities, especially children and people with chronic heart and lung diseases.
- Remain inside air conditioned buildings. Note: If you do not have an air conditioner, staying inside with the windows closed may be dangerous in extremely hot weather. In these cases, seek alternative shelter.
- If you have asthma or other lung diseases, make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions about taking your medicines and following your asthma management plan. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.
- If you are an older adult, have children, or if you have heart or lung diseases, talk with your doctor about whether you should leave the area.
With the fuel load in the Valley’s mountain areas at an all-time high due to the drought and the bark beetle infestation; the District is working collaboratively with land management agencies to conduct strategic controlled burns to lessen the wildfire risk. Learn more here.