Smoke advisory issued for Temecula Valley, Lake Elsinore; air quality deemed ‘unsafe’

TEMECULA – The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory today, May 16, for Temecula, Lake Elsinore and surrounding cities.

Air quality may reach the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range or higher in these areas due to smoke from multiple fires burning in San Diego County.

Winds from the south are pushing smoke into areas of the Southland. Portions of the Southland that may experience elevated particulate emissions and smoke odors from the fires include the Lake Elsinore and Temecula Valley areas of Riverside County; all of Orange County; and central, northwest and coastal areas of Los Angeles County.

Depending on fire and weather conditions, other areas of the Southland may also experience smoke and smoke odors.

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.

In any area 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 windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter.

* Run your air conditioner if you have one. Do not use a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.

* To avoid worsening the health effects of wildfire smoke, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.

SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

7 Responses to "Smoke advisory issued for Temecula Valley, Lake Elsinore; air quality deemed ‘unsafe’"

  1. Trevor   May 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Hopefully, the fires don’t reach here in Temecula. That’s all we should be worried about for now and also for the people that are still in the midst of these fires. #4/20BlazeIT

  2. Jaycee   May 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    The smoke is terrible! I had to walk in it (no choice) and my eyes and nostril were burning. Stay inside!!!!

  3. lucy   May 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I would love it if the channel 3 would televised currant conditions. Instead I here just advertising

  4. Katniss   May 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    It was "snowing" ash for a while

  5. Jen   May 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    It is unsafe for everyone outside today! It is horrible outside. I can only imagine what it’s like for those right near the fires…

  6. Steve G.   May 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Coming home from Blue Skys in Escondido, it was like driving into a Thunderstorm with it’s Dark Clouds heading towards Temecula. . . Not sure if it’s the evening breeze from the shore area, a Low Pressure area over Inland Empire or All of the Above, but we are breathing Huge amounts of Unhealthy Smoke and Fine Particles from Camp Pendleton Fires. . . Seal up your homes if you got Air Conditioning and let the Filters clean up your breathing Air.. . As the Temperature drops, so will the smoke to ever increasing thicker levels. . . If you have family with pulmonary/breathing issues or animals outside, get them into a Clean Air Zone ASAP. . . Outside Dogs need to be in your garage or some where safe. AND YES, be Alert for Large Ash Chunks that may still contain Hot Embers capable of Starting Fires Here

  7. steve   May 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Had to work outside in it all day!


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