Smoke from Central California Wildfires Continues to Affect LA County

Smoke from Central and Northern California wildfires will hang around for a second straight day in Los Angeles County, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said.

The smoke is mostly located in the upper atmosphere, meaning air quality index levels throughout the South Coast Air Basin will remain good to moderate. Elevated levels could be present in the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains. The advisory from the South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to last through Friday afternoon.

The worst air quality is expected to occur in the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley, as well as portions of the Coachella Valley, according to the SCAQMD.

“To help keep indoor air clean during periods of poor air quality, close all windows and doors and run your air conditioner or air purifier,'' the SCAQMD said.

The agency also advised: `If possible, do not use whole house fans or swamp coolers that bring in outside air.

“Avoid burning wood in your fireplace or fire pit and minimize sources of indoor air pollution such as candles, incense, pan-frying and grilling. Limit the use of gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment.''

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