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Smoke Advisory issued by South Coast Air Quality Management District

Post Date:08/08/2018 3:15 PM

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a Smoke Advisory valid Wednesday, August 8, 2018 through Thursday morning.

A wildfire, named the Holy Fire, is burning to the east of Trabuco Canyon near the border of Orange County and Riverside County within the Cleveland National Forest.  The burn area is currently reported at approximately 4,100 acres with five percent containment.  Winds will be from the west/southwest today before transitioning to a southerly wind during the overnight hours.  During the overnight and early morning hours, downslope winds may bring smoke into the valleys west and southwest of the fire. 

Overall, meteorological conditions may bring smoke into portions of Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.  Air quality may reach Unhealthy levels or higher in areas directly impacted by smoke.

Areas of direct smoke impacts and Unhealthful air quality may include portions of Riverside County: Areas 22 (Corona/Norco), 23 (Metropolitan Riverside), 24 (Perris Valley), 25 (Lake Elsinore), 26 (Temecula Valley), 28 (Hemet/San Jacinto Valley), and 29 (Banning Pass).


Protect Yourself During a Wildfire

If you smell smoke or see ash due to a wildfire, there 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 whole-house fan or a swamp cooler with an outside air intake
  • Avoid using indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces and candles. 

View more Wildfire Smoke & Ash Health & Safety Tips

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