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Las Pulgas Fire, Tomahawk Fire, Cocos Fire, Bernardo Fires sends San Diego smoke into Southwest Riverside County

AirNow Air Quality Index shows large unhealthy air cloud headed through Temecula, CA (c) AirNow

AirNow Air Quality Index shows large USG (unhealthy for sensitive groups) air cloud headed through Temecula, CA (c) AirNow

Where there is smoke, there isn’t always fire. Air quality in Temecula continues to deteriorate as winds shift from easterly to westerly direction. While good news for increasing humidity, and lowering temperatures, this can be dangerous for the young, elderly, and those with lung problems making the air quality of the area “unsafe” for outdoor activity.

READ: BODY FOUND, HOMES LOST IN SAN DIEGO WILDFIRES 

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is tracking smoke clouds from San Diego County into Southwest Riverside County. this Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG)  air  is dangerous for “people with lung disease, older adults, and children, due to presence of particles in the air,” according to AirNow.gov.

(c) Nasa Satellite image of California Fires -- shows smoke cloud that will shift west to east

(c) Nasa Satellite image of California Fires — shows smoke cloud that will shift west to east

In an effort to maintain health and safety of kids, families, and outdoor activities, the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s recent press release has encouraged Temecula Valley Soccer Association  to cancel all practices Friday, May 16, 2014 with Saturday games remaining in question.

Residents in the Temecula Valley and Lake Elsinore areas that fires south of here have created unhealthful conditions, especially for people medically compromised. District officials issued these warnings:

  • 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
  • Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean 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

Escondido Homes, Outbuildings lost (c) Daniel Lane, LaneMedia.net

“Some elevated particulate concentrations are occurring as well as smoke odors,” says an alert from the SCAQMD. “Smoke dispersion is expected to improve as the onshore breezes return and vertical mixing increases by early afternoon. However, smoke that has accumulated offshore may also move inland with the sea breeze today.”

According to releases, additional air quality index warnings were released for sections of Los Angeles and Orange counties. In Orange County Capistrano Valley, Saddleback Valley, as well as the length of the Orange County coastline, and north Orange County.

Stay tuned for further updates on air quality through the weekend.

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

One comment on “Las Pulgas Fire, Tomahawk Fire, Cocos Fire, Bernardo Fires sends San Diego smoke into Southwest Riverside County

  1. Daniel Lane
    May 16, 2014

    Reblogged this on Lane Media.

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