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Smoke From Springs and Summit Fires May Impact Air Quality in Parts of Southland

May 3, 2013


Air quality officials have issued another smoke advisory today for the Banning area due to smoke from the Summit Fire. In addition, while offshore flows have carried smoke from the Springs Fire in Ventura County out over the ocean, onshore flow is expected to return this afternoon. That may bring smoke back to populated areas of the Southland.

All individuals are urged to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke. 

This includes areas where residents can see or smell smoke. Air quality may reach Unhealthy levels in areas most impacted by smoke, including Banning and surrounding areas.

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 SCAQMDs website.

SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  



This page updated: May 03, 2013
URL: http://www.aqmd.gov/news1/2013/smokeadvisory050313.htm