Colby Fire Triggers Smoke Advisory For LA, San Bernardino Counties

GLENDORA ( — A smoke advisory was issued Thursday for portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties due to the 1,700-acre Colby Fire burning in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest.


South Coast Air Quality Management District officials advised residents in parts of the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys to exercise caution and to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke.

“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. Do not use a swamp cooler or whole-house fan 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,” officials said.

Dr. Daryl Banta, the medical director of Pulmonary and Respiratory Services at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, said those at high risk should stay inside even if they don’t see or smell smoke.

“You need to watch yourself. If you’re feeling the following symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, these are signs that things might be getting worse and you may need to seek medical attention,” he said.

Azusa resident Baseemah Penna is worried about her kids.

“I was really worried about the smoke and so I didn’t have my son go to the park today. We closed all the windows and we stayed indoors,” she said.

To view current air quality conditions by region in an interactive map, click here.

For more tips on avoiding health impacts from smoke, click here.

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