Southern California Smoke Advisory Sunday November 11 2018

Wildfires and Your Health PSA
Southern California Smoke Advisory Sunday November 11 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.
Overnight on Saturday November 11 2018 and into Sunday November 12 2018, Santa Ana winds from the northeast are expected to transport smoke from these fires out to sea, reducing smoke impacts throughout the Basin.

PM2.5 levels will not decrease immediately as it will take time to transport the smoke out of the region
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However, on Saturday night and into Sunday, the western San Fernando Valley and Northwest Coastal LA County may still experience significant smoke impacts from these fires.

Overall, meteorological conditions may bring smoke into portions of the South Coast Air Basin.

Impacts will be the most widespread Saturday afternoon.

Air quality may reach Unhealthy levels or higher in areas directly impacted by smoke.

Southern California November 10 2018 Air Quality Map

Wild Fire Protection Tips

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.

California Department of Public Health Use of respirators by the general public for protection from wildfire smoke or ash Information Sheet is Online

For more information please visit South Coast Air Quality Management District

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