Smoke from the Riverside and Camp Pendleton fires has entered Orange County
Smoky conditions can be seen in southern Orange County - the effects of the Riverside County and Camp Pendleton fires.
Southern Orange County is facing worsening air quality due to two fires that broke out in Southern California the other day. The Camp Pendleton fire has burned more than 1,200 acres. At the same time, the Aguanga fire in Riverside County has grown to 2,500 acres. And it remains only 15 percent under control. Thousands of people have been evacuated and a victim assistance center is open.
The effects of the two fires were also felt by residents in the surrounding areas. "Smoke from the Camp Pendleton fire is beginning to move into the Orange County area tonight. There is no threat to OC at this time," OC Fire Watch reported on Oct. 31.
According to a statement from The South Coast Air Quality Management District, smoke will also be present in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel. Therefore, the organization has issued a low air quality warning, which remains active until Thursday morning. Its level is rated as "unhealthy for sensitive populations."
Residents in those areas of Orange County affected by the fires have received advisories from South Coast AQMD. Specifically, people are asked to leave rooms with windows and doors closed. Also to use air conditioners and air purifiers. They are also asked to avoid vigorous outdoor physical activity and to turn off the community fan.
In addition, county residents are encouraged to check for a No Smoking Day from now through the end of February before burning wood in their fireplaces. For more information and to stay informed, download the South Coast AQMD mobile app or visit this website.
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