SAN CLEMENTE (CNS) - Wildfires have caused air regulators to issue a smoke advisory for parts of south Orange County tonight.
The advisory affects Saddleback Valley, Central Coastal Orange County and Capistrano Valley, and remains in effect at least through Sunday morning, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Smoke from three fires burning Saturday at Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County was the cause of the advisory. Those fires had scorched more than 1,500 acres as of Saturday.
SCAQMD officials said air quality could reach Unhealthy for Sensitive Group levels or higher in areas directly impacted by smoke. People were advised to avoid vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; and people with respiratory or heart disease, pregnant women, older adults, and children were advised to remain indoors.
Other recommendations included keeping windows and doors closed, keeping the AC's fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside, and avoiding the use of indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.