The National Weather Service is including Tuolumne County in an air quality alert due to smoke from the Goose Fire in Fresno County and the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County.
Exposure to smoke and particle pollution from the fires can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase the risk of respiratory infections, forecasters said Monday.
The air quality alert is in effect until this afternoon, Tuesday Aug. 2.
People with heart or lung diseases should follow doctors’ advice for dealing with episodes of unhealthy air quality. Older adults and children are especially vulnerable and should avoid prolonged exposure to smoke and particle pollution, and refrain from strenuous activities or heavy exertion, according to National Weather Service staff.
The San Joaquin Valley air pollution district issued the air quality alert for smoke impacts in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties, and the valley portion of Kern County. National Weather Service staff included Tuolumne County in maps of the alert area and in text of the advisory they issued Monday morning.
The Goose Fire broke out at 4:40 p.m. Saturday and by Monday morning it had burned 1,800 acres south of Prather and east of Madera in Fresno County, according to Cal Fire. There were 400 structures threatened and the fire was said to be 15 percent contained. More than 1,100 firefighting personnel were assigned to the blaze.
The Soberanes Fire broke out north of Big Sur at 8:48 a.m. July 22 and by Monday morning it had burned more than 40,000 acres, destroyed 57 homes and 11 outbuildings, damaged five structures and killed one bulldozer driver who was fighting the blaze, according to Cal Fire. There were 2,000 structures threatened and the fire was estimated 18 percent contained. More than 5,200 firefighters and support personnel were assigned.