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 SCAQMD’s 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