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SCAQMD Issues Dust and Ash Advisory Due to Strong Winds in the Southland
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 2, 2016

This advisory is in effect through Saturday morning, Dec. 3.  SCAQMD will issue an update if additional information becomes available.

Strong Santa Ana winds are occurring today in Southern California causing windblown dust in many areas, as well as windblown ash from brush fires that occurred this past summer.  The local National Weather Service has predicted strong and potentially damaging northeasterly winds through Saturday, with the strongest winds likely today and tonight.  The strongest winds are expected in the mountains and through and below passes and canyons, but windblown dust and ash can be transported across the Basin.  Windblown ash will occur downwind of the burn areas from the summer brush fires, especially the Sand fire in Santa Clarita, the Blue Cut fire in the Cajon Pass, and the Reservoir and Fish fires near Azusa and Duarte.

Elevated levels of PM10 particulate matter, due to windblown dust and ash, are likely to occur at times in areas throughout the South Coast Air Basin and the Coachella Valley, with many areas potentially reaching the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups level at times, or higher.

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In areas where windblown dust and ash are occurring:  Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors.  Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter.  Run your air conditioning system (cooling or heating) if you have one and keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional particulates inside.  Avoid using a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.  To avoid worsening the health effects of particulates, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.

SCAQMD Advisory updates can be found at the following link:  ftp://ftp.aqmd.gov/pub/globalist/Advisory.pdf

To subscribe to air quality alerts, advisories and forecasts by email, go to http://AirAlerts.org

To view current air quality conditions by region in an interactive map, see http://www3.aqmd.gov/webappl/gisaqi2/home.aspx

For a map of SCAQMD Forecast Areas, see

http://www.aqmd.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/map-of-monitoring-areas.pdf

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 SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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