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Northern California wildfire smoke invading Central Valley air

Smoky skies Wednesday in Downtown Fresno.

Wind is pushing smoke from Northern California fires to the valley and a lot of people are now complaining about how bad its getting. An air quality alert is now in effect through the weekend.

A lot this smoke from the northern fires are settling here in the Central Valley. In fact, the smoky skies Wednesday made the sun appear red in color. Fox 26 your hometown news connection spoke with folks at Woodard Park in Fresno who couldn't help but notice how cloudy it was too. Nancy Theus was at the park with her family. She recently moved to area from Corpus Christi, Texas.

“Initially I thought there was a fire close by here in Fresno. I wasn’t aware that it was coming from the fires up north. I am surprised. I think it puts it into prospective that it must be huge. It is so sad that the smoke is reaching us,” said Theus.

Resident, Kelly Ferry was in the park walking her dog. She says she suffers from allergies and it’s been difficult to breathe.

“We walked all the way down to the river at Woodward and actually saw a lot of the smoke. We could smell it too while we sitting down. It’s obviously getting kind of close which is pretty scary, “said Ferry.

Experts in the valley says this nasty air is a combination of wood and grass, not pollution. But it's hard to tell the difference when you're breathing it. Dr. Malik Baz says that within the next 24 to 48 hours more people could feel the effects.

“Coughing and wheezing. Tightness in your chest, difficulty breathing. This time of year there are a lot of viruses going around. If you are already sick, it could make it worst. Unfortunately, the only way you can take care of it is to stay indoors as much as you can. It’s not a good idea to spend any minute outside,” said Dr. Baz.

Dr. Baz explained that elderly people and children and people with serious health issues are the most vulnerable.

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