High winds have the potential to create "emergency-level" concentrations of pollution in the air, San Joaquin Valley air regulators are warning.
The valley portion of Kern County is being especially impacted by wind and blowing dust, according to a press release form the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
"Residents are urged to avoid extended exposure by moving indoors to an air-conditioned/filtered environment with windows closed," the news release said.
Earlier Wednesday, an air monitor in Bakersfield registered pollution levels that were reaching a point considered very unhealthy for everyone.
The air district urges the public to limit activities that can exacerbate the problem. Businesses are asked to delay construction and farming activities, and no agricultural burning is allowed. Residents should delay outdoor lawn care, grilling and the use of residential wood-burning devices, and avoid all unnecessary driving. Schools should keep children inside and cancel outdoor and sports activities, the district said in a news release.
Wind should subside overnight but dust may continue to linger in the air for days, the district said.