2014-07-24 / Front Page

Smoke remains in weather forecast

County environmental health technician Dave Conway posed with a particulate air-sensing device in 2013. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)County environmental health technician Dave Conway posed with a particulate air-sensing device in 2013. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:30 p.m. - Wildfire smoke smothered Mariposa for much of today, with more possible through the end of the week. The forecast is an unpleasant one for people with asthma or other respiratory illnesses.

A particulate sensing device at the county government center on Bullion Street recorded levels considered unhealthful for sensitive persons today. On Monday, equipment in Yosemite Valley reported levels considered unhealthy for all people.

County Public Health Officer Dr. Charles Mosher said that most of today's smoke was blowing in from the French Fire in Sierra National Forest. 

Today's high particulate levels prompted the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District to issue an alert for sensitive persons. Such residents are advised to limit outdoor activity and stay inside air-conditioned buildings.

People with respiratory health issues should also keep taking any required medication and talk to their doctor about possibly leaving the county until air conditions improve.


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