Southern California Smoke Advisory Saturday November 10 2018.
South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a Smoke Advisory due to wildfires burning in Southern California.
Southern California Smoke Advisory is for Orange County, Los Angeles County, the western portion of San Bernardino County, portions of Riverside County.
Two wildfires are burning in southeast Ventura County and in northwest coastal Los Angeles County.
Widespread PM2.5 impacts are expected, especially throughout the San Fernando Valley and coastal areas.
On Saturday afternoon, winds are expected to shift onshore, possibly leading to widespread PM2.5 impacts throughout the South Coast Air Basin.
Strong Santa Ana winds are expected to return on Sunday, which will reduce PM2.5 impacts from the Woolsey and Hill fires throughout the South Coast Air Basin.
However, it is likely that the western San Fernando Valley and Northwest Coastal LA County will still experience smoke impacts.
Overall, meteorological conditions may bring smoke into portions of the South Coast Air Basin.
Air quality may reach Unhealthy levels or higher in areas directly impacted by smoke.
If you smell smoke or see ash due to a wildfire, here are ways to limit your exposure:
Remain indoors with windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter
Avoid vigorous physical activity
Run your air conditioner if you have one.
Make sure it has a clean filter and that it is recirculating the indoor air to prevent bringing additional smoke inside
Avoid using a whole-house fan or a swamp cooler with an outside air intake
Avoid using indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces and candles.
Older adults, young children, pregnant women, and people with heart diseases or lung diseases (such as asthma) may be especially sensitive to health risks from wildfire smoke.
Do not rely on dust masks for protection.
Paper “dust masks” can block large particles, such as sawdust, but do not protect your lungs from the small particles or gases in wildfire smoke.
Disposable respirators such as N-95 or P-100 respirators can offer some protection, if they are worn properly and have a tight fit.
For more information please visit South Coast Air Quality Management District