Holy fire smoke health risk advisory issued for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties
Smoke and ash originating from a wildfire that has burned roughly 4,000 acres since Monday, Aug. 6 has degraded air quality to unhealthy levels in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
An advisory issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) on Tuesday, Aug. 7 identified the potential for increased respiratory health risks in areas within the path of winds moving west and southwest from the Holy fire that started in Orange County’s Trabuco Canyon. The warning extends through most of Orange County, and as far east as Yucaipa in San Bernardino County, and will be in effect through at least Wednesday morning.
“We are not seeing rain or anything in the forecast that might disperse the smoke in the air,” said AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood. “Given that the fire is currently zero percent contained, we may see these conditions persist for a period of days.”
If inhaled, smoke and particulate can irritate the lungs and cardiovascular system, exacerbating preexisting respiratory conditions like asthma. The very young and the elderly are also especially at risk.
Smoke and ash from the Holy fire are causing poor air quality, especially in the Inland area. #holyfire https://t.co/dlT6L7pQUv pic.twitter.com/zPucEWnuCp
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Officials recommend that people living in the affected areas limit their exposure to contaminants by staying indoors and avoiding vigorous physical activities. For those who must be outdoors during the smoke advisory, a properly fitting n-95 respirator, which can be bought at most hardware stores, may help mitigate the risk of injury.
Residents can view up-to-the-hour air quality monitoring via AQMD.gov and sign up for updates at airalerts.org