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SJV Air Pollution Control District extends air quality alert for valley portions of Kern County

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 13:45:11-05

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has extended an air quality alert for part of Kern County due to the smoke impacts from surrounding wildfires.

The district has extended the air quality alert through 12 p.m. PST on November 20. The extended air quality alert affects the valley portions of Kern County, as well as other counties including Fresno, Tulare, and San Joaquin.

According to the district, exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections. The NWS is advising residents to use caution as conditions warrant. Older people and children should also avoid prolonged exposure, strenuous exposure, or heavy exertion, as conditions dictate.