CAMARILLO (CBSLA.com) — Smoke and ash from the Camarillo Springs Fire and several other fires burning throughout Southern California could pose a health threat to some residents, health officials warned Friday.
Air quality advisories were in effect for Ventura County due to a combination of high winds, smoke and ash, but Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) officials said not everyone who is exposed to thick smoke will have health problems.
VCPH officials urged residents in areas near or downwind from the fire to exercise caution and stay inside their homes, bring pets inside, keep windows and doors closed, use air conditioners on the recycle or re-circulate mode and avoid vigorous physical exertion both indoors and outdoors.
At the first sign of discomfort, individuals should relocate to another area that is smoke-free, officials said.
But Sam Atwood with the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that the windy weather may actually be protecting residents from some of the more dangerous elements in the air.