SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Many people with asthma visiting near the Rim Fire are cutting their vacations short because of all the smoke.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Pushes Full California Public School Reopening by Fall As Many Districts Resist
But it’s not just people near the fire having breathing issues—those problems are being felt hundreds of miles away.
It’s a complaint Dr. Bradley Schroeder from Mercy Hospital is hearing often. Patients in Sacramento are feeling the effects of the Rim Fire nearly 150 miles away.
“If you inhale irritants, it’s going to cause your airways to be irritated,” said Shroeder.READ MORE: Prosecutor: Kristin Smart Was Killed During 1996 Rape Attempt
We can’t see the particles floating in the air, but professor Jerold Last says they travel far distances, especially in California because the winds bring them to the valley where they settle.
“Being 100 to 200 miles away is not necessarily protection,” said Shroeder.
Experts say these particles exist all the time. It’s why some people suffer from asthma. But they worsen with a wildfire, because burning trees put more particles into the air.MORE NEWS: SUV Found In Canal Near Modesto
Schroeder recommends everyone should try to avoid being outdoors for long periods of time. And just because the sky looks clear doesn’t mean you aren’t breathing in those irritants.