Wildfire smoke masks available

With the air quality as quickly as the Willow Fire is spreading, wildfire smoke masks are available at the Sierra Star, Coarsegold Pharmacy, True Value in Oakhurst, Sierra Telephone, Madera County Fire Station 12 in Oakhurst, North Fork Market, and the Madera County Sheriff’s Department.

The masks not purchased, were donated by Camarena Health.

Air officials have issued a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in the eastern areas of Merced, Madera, and Fresno counties. The caution is in place until the Willow Fire is extinguished.

Smoke from fires produces fine-particulate matter, which can cause serious health problems including lung disease, asthma attacks and increased risk of heart attacks and stroke. Where conditions warrant, people with heart or lung disease should follow their doctors’ advice for dealing with episodes of particulate exposure.

Additionally, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure or heavy exertion, depending on their local conditions.

Residents can check the district’s wildfire page - - for information about any current wildfires. Residents can also check the nearest air monitor to their location to determine localized air-quality conditions. Visit the Real-time Air Advisory Network page on the district’s website to subscribe for free.

Details:, Fresno office, (559) 230-6000.

- Staff report