Air quality worsens as the Valley heats up

FRESNO, Calif.

Central Unified has canceled all daytime outdoor activities, but Friday night's football games will remain as scheduled.

Air district officials are issuing a health cautionary statement for mountain and foothill communities in Fresno and Tulare counties because of smoke impacts from the Sheep Wildfire burning in Fresno County.

The dirty air can be seen hanging above the Valley. The health caution is in effect until the wildfire is extinguished.

The air quality forecast from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District calls for unhealthy for sensitive groups in Merced and Madera counties Friday. Air quality is unhealthy for everyone in Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.

Not only is the bad air quality causing concerns this midday, the heat has City of Fresno opening up several cooling centers.

Accuweather is forecasting a high of 105. As a precautionary measure city officials will open cooling centers from noon to 8 p.m. at the Ted C. Wills Community Center, Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, Mosqueda Community Center and the Pinedale Community Center.

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