Winds Pushing Smoke From Camp Fire Into SoCal Prompt Unhealthy Air Quality Advisory

Smoke fills the sky above Sacramento. (Credit: John Myers / Los Angeles Times)

Smoke fills the sky above Sacramento. (Credit: John Myers / Los Angeles Times)

Winds may be moving smoke from Northern California wildfires into Southern California, making air unhealthy to breath for some people, air quality regulators said this week.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for Los Angeles and Orange counties that’s in effect through Tuesday afternoon.

AQMD recorded air quality levels that were “unhealthy for sensitive groups” along the Los Angeles County coastline on Monday morning.

Sensitive groups may include people with respiratory or heart disease.

Those who smell smoke or see ash are advised to limit exposure by staying indoors with windows and doors closed, seeking alternative shelter and avoiding vigorous physical activity.

The Camp Fire east of Chico has burned more than 151,000 acres, killing at least 79 people, and is now at 70 percent containment, according to Cal Fire. Nearly 13,000 structures were destroyed, including much of the town of Paradise; many residents remain missing.

Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties has consumed almost 97,000 acres and is 96 percent contained.

Both fires started on Nov. 8.


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