What at stake?

Wildfire smoke is not healthy to breathe. Here's what you need to do to stay safe.

According to a wildfire smoke forecast system set up by Fresnoland, there will be a wildfire smoke cloud moving over the Fresno area this evening, around 5 p.m.

The forecast comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High-Resolution Rapid Refresh smoke forecast system.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the National Weather Service issued a joint Air Quality Alert on Wednesday.

“Ongoing wildfires in northern California and Oregon, as well as the Redwood Fire in Tulare County are generating smoke that is now affecting the San Joaquin Valley,” air district officials said in a news release. “Weather patterns through this weekend have the potential to continue to draw wildfire smoke into the Valley counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern.”

The wildfire smoke cloud is moving in from the east. Currently, the Air Quality Index in Mendota is 140, according to Purple Air.

By 3 p.m., smoke will be in the air. Stay indoors, do not exercise outside, and wear an N95 mask while outside.

People under the age of 18 and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the side effects of wildfire smoke exposure. Experts say breathing in wildfire smoke can lead to health emergencies and premature death.

Please read Fresnoland’s wildfire smoke guide on how to keep you and your family safe from wildfire smoke.

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Gregory Weaver is a staff writer for Fresnoland who covers the environment, air quality, and development.

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