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Officials: San Diego Fires Are Making the Air Quality in O.C., L.A. Unsafe

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a warning for residents from San Clemente to Malibu.

The fire this morning in San Marcos in San Diego County has had an impact on Orange County and Los Angeles County air quality. Photo credit: Pfc. Maxwell Pennington
The fire this morning in San Marcos in San Diego County has had an impact on Orange County and Los Angeles County air quality. Photo credit: Pfc. Maxwell Pennington

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is warning residents in Orange County and even into Los Angeles County that fires south of here have created unhealthful conditions, especially for people medically compromised.

District officials issued these warnings:

  • Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion
  • People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors
  • Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter
  • Run your air conditioner if you have one
  • Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside
  • To avoid worsening the health effects of wildfire smoke, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces

“Some elevated particulate concentrations are occurring as well as smoke odors,” says an alert from the SCAQMD. “Smoke dispersion is expected to improve as the onshore breezes return and vertical mixing increases by early afternoon. However, smoke that has accumulated offshore may also move inland with the sea breeze today.”

In Orange County, the specific areas affected are the Capistrano Valley, Saddleback Valley, the entire coastline and north Orange County.

In Los Angeles, residents along the entire coastline, Central Los Angeles County, Southeast Los Angeles and the South San Gabriel Valley could be impacted.

Kriston May 16, 2014 at 03:23 PM
I was up early this morning and smelled the brush fire. I'm from San Diego, I'm all too familiar with the smell. I have to admit, I did panic a little and jumped on the internet to see what was going on and how close it really was. Up here on the hill there is much undeveloped land that could've been burning, luckily that wasn't the case. I hope they are able to knock all these fires down quickly. It really is terrifying, I've lived through several.
Michelle Thomas May 16, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Up at town center in aliso, we see a plume of smoke to the south of us.... Is that blowing up from Oceanside? Looks close and unsure if this is something else... Can't find any reports.
Penny Arévalo May 16, 2014 at 04:03 PM
SCAQMD just extended their advisory into Riverside and San Bernardino counties as the smoke cloud moves east
Laila-Lennox Smith May 16, 2014 at 04:25 PM
So sorry to polute the air quality in the OC. As for LA, pretty much air quality as usual. -C. Smith San Marcos, CA
Laila-Lennox Smith May 16, 2014 at 04:26 PM
And your closest fire is burning at Christianitos exit east near campground on Pendleton

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