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Valley Air District warns of unhealthy air from surrounding wildfires

The Schaeffer Fire burns June 27, 2017, north of Kernville, Calif., in a photo from InciWeb, the interagency all-risk incident information management system.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District warned of the poor air quality from surrounding wildfires, likely not helped by excessive heat.

The Valley Air District said air quality in Kern County is being affected by wildfires in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Fresno and Tulare counties.

"It's been the worst I have seen in years," said Bakersfield resident Sammie Powers. "My eye were burning. It was awful."

The Valley Air District said that as long as fires are burning, we are going to continue to have unhealthy air.

Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Miles Muzio said Monday afternoon that the AQI was 135.

Living in a valley means that the mountains are trapping in the unsafe air.

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Smoke from these fires can produce particulate matter especially harmful to people who suffer from lung disease or asthma attacks, or for people at risk for heart attacks or strokes.

Children and the elderly are also highly impacted.

"If you can smell or see it, you are impacted by it, regardless of what our air monitor sites may be reading," said Crystal Martinez, office manager for the Valley Air District.

People are advised to limit outdoor activities.

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