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How to protect yourself from harmful wildfire smoke in the county

Air quality now unhealthy for everyone
Posted: 7:02 PM, Aug 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-10 22:02:27-04

Smoke from the raging California wildfires continues to fill the valley. Our air quality in Kern County is now unhealthy for everyone. 

According Heather Heinks with the Valley Air District, breathing in dangerous particles in the air right now can be harmful. 

"Inside of wildfire smoke are very fine particulates, so small that you can't see them with the naked eye but when they are inhaled and get into your lungs they can have adverse effects of your health," Heinks said. 

To avoid that, experts advise people to stay indoors if possible. 

To keep your air clean inside, the Center for Disease Control recommends keeping doors and windows closed -- only if you have air conditioning. 

Using a "high efficiency particulate air" filter can help reduce dangerous particles indoors. 

When driving in your car -- run the air in the recirculate mode. 

If you go outside, you can look at you real time air quality index in your area online at

"We have a scale from one to five -- one being the best, five being the worst -- that gives you a reference to outside activity based on the level on density of pollution," Heinks said.