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Smoke, ash from California wildfires covers Central Valley skies – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2020-08-19 19:55:06 –

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — The air quality in Merced has reached very unhealthy levels, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District reported on Wednesday.

The Fine Particulate Matter measurement has reached Level 5 in the last hour, and air officials are now urging all residents to avoid going outside if possible.

Wildfires are burning across California and a smoky haze settled into the Central Valley early on Wednesday morning. Local residents reported seeing ash flakes in some North Valley towns.

RELATED: California Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency due to fires

Some residents in Livingston and Delhi shared photos on social media showing ash falling on top of cars.

In Kerman, clouds of smoke covered the sun making it appear red.

Ash was discovered on a Delhi resident’s car as smoke from Northern California wildfires settles into the Central Valley.

RELATED: Experts worry that recent wildfires could have severe impact on air quality

The smoke has also triggered an Air Quality Alert for Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Merced and Madera counties on Wednesday.

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