Levels of soot and debris have Clovis and Fresno's air quality over twice the federal health limit. The unusual weather and high levels of pollution production are combining to create a dark haze of nasty pollution.
"We would love to have clear, healthy air and allow people to choose when they want to burn," said district spokeswoman Jaime Holt. "But we have a soup of pollution out there."
Homes in the area may wish to invest in medical-grade air purifiers to assist in protecting them from inhaling the poor-quality air. The elderly, children and those with respiratory issues are especially impacted. At times, the pollution has reached unhealthy levels for adults as well.
Despite daily no-burn order from authorities, people are still lighting fires in order to keep warm during the winter season. This, combined with diesel exhaust and chemical droplets, is creating a dark cloud of pollution across the valley.
By investing in home air purifiers, people may be better able to avoid inhaling such high levels of toxins during all hours of the day.