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.