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Officials: San Diego Fires Making Air Quality in Temecula Valley, Lake Elsinore Unsafe

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a warning for Southwest Riverside County residents.

The fire this morning in San Marcos in San Diego County has had an impact on Southwest Riverside County air quality. Photo credit: Pfc. Maxwell Pennington
The fire this morning in San Marcos in San Diego County has had an impact on Southwest Riverside County air quality. Photo credit: Pfc. Maxwell Pennington

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is warning 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

“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.”

Warnings were also issued for parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties.

In Orange County, the specific areas affected are the Capistrano Valley, Saddleback Valley, the entire coastline and north Orange County.

In Los Angeles, residents along the entire coastline, Central Los Angeles County, Southeast Los Angeles and the South San Gabriel Valley could be impacted.



Rae Anne Resident May 17, 2014 at 09:25 AM
James that is flatter out redickless. they aint no gumment programs that was never gonna keep wild fire smoke from blowning into are area. is you really that goofy or do you think the rester us is and is gonna beleive such hooey. golf carts has nothing to do with wind.
Mary B May 17, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Smoke bad, fire worse
Rae Anne Resident May 17, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Klinker you is so wright and it wooda smelt like a camperfire to. you must be the smarter one in you drum circle.

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