Moonlight Wildfire Impacting Valley Air Quality
09/07/2007

The Fresno City Fire Department is urging residents to take extra precautions during the San Joaquin Valley’s current air quality alert. The alert called due to smoke impacts from the Moonlight wildfire in Plumas County is affecting Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern counties.

The Fresno Fire Department asks residents to be aware they may detect a heavy odor of smoke; this may be due to smoke from the Moonlight wildfire. As a result citizens are being asked to keep these conditions in mind when reporting a fire. In a seven hour period the Fresno Fire Department received more than 120 calls from residents report either an odor of smoke, or a fire in the area.

Residents are advised to use caution as conditions warrant. People with heart or lung disease should follow their doctor’s advice for dealing with unhealthy air quality. Additionally, older adults and children avoid prolonged outdoor exposure, strenuous activities, or heavy exertion.

Ken Shockley Public Information Officer 999-7227

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