Creek Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest in September 2020. U.S. Forest Service photo
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Creek Fire and other wildfires around the state are causing smoke impacts to all counties of the Valley air basin.
As a result, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is reissuing the current health caution from last month, which will remain in place until the fires are extinguished. The District anticipates unhealthy air quality to affect various parts of the Valley through the week and into the weekend.
The Creek Fire, located in the mountain and foothill regions of Fresno and Madera counties, is producing smoke that is infiltrating the Valley and bringing unhealthy air quality conditions. As winds shift Tuesday and Wednesday, smoke from the Creek Fire will continue to blow directly into the region, causing increased particulate matter pollution and potential for high levels of ozone.
Residents can use the District’s Real-time Air Advisory Network at any Valley location by visiting myRAAN.com. If smoke is smelt or falling ash is seen, the District recommends staying indoors, even if the RAAN pollution level is low.