Ferguson Fire Health Information

Living with Wildfire Smoke

Free N95 Respirator Masks Distribution

Locations and more information: N95 Masks Distribution Information and Locations  (PDF)

Mariposa County, in cooperation with Cal OES, is distributing free N95 Respirator Masks to community members due to the unhealthy air quality associated with California wildfires. When air quality is unhealthy, staying indoors in clean air spaces and minimizing outdoor activity is recommended, especially for children, the elderly, and individuals with certain medical conditions.

N95 Respirator Mask Use and Guidance (PDF) (From the Environmental Protection Agency)
If you must be outside for an extended period, N95 masks may help to keep bad air out if worn properly. People with underlying medical conditions (such as heart and lung disease) are advised to check with a medical provider to determine whether an N95 respirator mask may be right for you.
This video on N95 mask usage demonstrates how to properly fit and seal the N95 mask to your face.

Air Filter System

Build an Inexpensive Air Filter System for your Home (PDF). Three step process to make a DIY room air purifier, using inexpensive materials.

Air Quality

Visit the Mariposa County Air Quality Index webpage for updates on air quality in your area.

Clean Air Centers

Clean Air Centers in Mariposa County One way to minimize the impacts of wildfire smoke on you and your family is to consider maximizing time in air-conditioned buildings during smoky periods.

You can visit these public, air-conditioned places in Mariposa County to find relief from wildfire smoke.

  • Mariposa Library
    4978 10th Street
    Mariposa, CA
    Monday and Saturday
    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mariposa Senior Center
    5246 Spriggs Lane
    Mariposa, CA
    Monday though Friday
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • El Portal Library
    9670 Rancheria Flat Road
    El Portal, CA
    Monday and Thursday
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Red Cloud Library
    10322 C Fiske Road
    Greeley Hill, CA
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Wildfires produce smoke that may reach your home and community. Wildfire smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. This smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Steps you can take to protect your health include:

  • Remain indoors, with air conditioning on, as much as possible when smoke is present.
  • Keep the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
  • Use common sense. If it looks smoky outside, then this is not a good time for outdoors exercise and activity for people of any age.
  • If you have a heart or lung disease, if you are an older adult, or if you have children, consider relocating to a smoke free area. If you decide to remain:
  • Again, run your air conditioner, if you have one.
  • In extremely hot weather, staying inside with the windows closed, without air conditioning may be dangerous. In these cases, seek alternative shelters.
  • A swamp cooler will not provide protection and will pull in the smoky air from outside. Consider seeking alternative shelters.
  • “Masks” (especially surgical masks or wet bandanas) will not protect your lungs. If the smoke is irritating to you, the best option is to remain indoors or temporarily re-locate.
  • Wildfire Smoke Health Tips (PDF)

Good advice for protecting you and your family during a wildfire smoke event. Learn more at AirNow.gov: How Smoke from Fires Can Affect Your Health.

Evacuation Food Safety

If you were evacuated, the power to your home has likely been turned off for many days.
The food in your refrigerator and freezer is NOT safe to eat.

Read this brochure: "Refrigerated Foods and Power Outages: When to Save and When to Throw Out (PDF)" to learn more.