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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.
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.
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:
“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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