California Fires Prompt Air Quality Warnings In Los Angeles
The California wildfires have prompted air quality warnings by health officials due to the amount of smoke lingering in the air. Outdoor activity is not advised unless absolutely necessary, especially for those with weakened immune systems such as children and the elderly.
Unhealthy air lingered Sunday in Los Angeles and Orange counties, which are worst hit by the wind-driven blazes.
Although the Santa Ana winds subsided, smoke advisories were issued due to the acrid smoke.
Residents in smoke-impacted areas are urged to stay indoors, particularly the elderly, children and those with breathing difficulties and heart disease.
People who can see or smell smoke should also take precaution, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Air quality will be unhealthy in Orange County; San Fernando Valley; downtown Los Angeles; South Bay area including Long Beach; Corona area; the Chino Hills area; parts of the San Gabriel Mountains near the Sayre Fire; and northwest Los Angeles County coastal area.
A number of sporting events were canceled, such as the Pasadena Marathon, and public health officials advised childrens sports leagues to cancel all games this weekend as well:
Los Angeles County public health officials also warned residents this weekend to take precautions and advised that some sports organizations, notably youth leagues, cancel weekend games.
Several sports events across the region were canceled since the air-quality warnings began, including the Pasadena Marathon, which was scheduled to be run today.
A state of emergency has been declared in Montecito and Santa Barbara by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the wildfires were fueled by strong winds and continued to spread. Poor air quality has become an issue not just around the blaze, but in areas far away as well.
Other tips for coping with the smoky, unhealthy air include staying indoors, avoiding the use of fireplaces, candles and vacuums, keeping windows closed, and not smoking.