Air Quality Officials Issue Smoke, Windblown Dust
Advisory for Areas of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
|May 2, 2013
Air quality officials have issued another smoke advisory today for the
Banning area due to smoke from the Summit Fire. In addition, they have
issued an advisory for windblown dust and elevated particulate levels due to
strong gusty winds for much of the Inland Empire.
All individuals are urged to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor
activities in any area directly impacted by smoke and windblown dust. This
includes areas where residents can see or smell smoke.
Air quality may reach Unhealthy levels in the area most impacted by smoke,
including Banning and surrounding areas.
Areas affected by windblown dust may reach Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
levels or higher depending on wind conditions. Areas include:
-- Riverside, Mira Loma and Rubidoux areas
-- Inland Empire cities from Upland in the west to Highland in the east, and
Chino Hills in the south
-- Perris Valley
Other surrounding areas in Riverside and San Bernardino counties may reach
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups levels or higher depending on fire conditions
and wind flows.
Wildfires generate smoke containing numerous air pollutants including fine
particulates known as PM10 and PM2.5.
In areas that experience Unhealthy air quality and those directly impacted
by smoke: Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion;
people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should
remain indoors. Keep your windows and doors closed unless it is extremely
hot inside. In these cases, 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.
For regularly updated air quality information, see the air quality map at
www.aqmd.gov. For more tips on avoiding
health impacts from the smoke, see
http://www.aqmd.gov/ej/CAC/wildfire_safety_tips.htm on AQMD’s website.
AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major
portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
This page updated:
May 02, 2013