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Thousands of face masks distributed in Lompoc Sunday

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UPDATE - Free N-95 masks will be distributed at the following locations on Monday, Dec. 11:

  • Costco in the Camino Real Marketplace, 7095 Market Place Drive in Goleta, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Franklin Community Center, 1136 East Montecito Street in Santa Barbara, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • Albertsons in Carpinteria, 1018 Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria,10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Lompoc Home Depot, 1701 East Ocean in Lompoc, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Buellton CVS, 218 E. Highway 246 in Buellton, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, 1:30 - 7 p.m.

When fitted properly, county health officials say N-95 masks provide some protection from the fine particles in smoke that ordinary dust masks and surgical masks do not. The N-95 masks require a tight seal to be effective. As a result, the available adult-sized masks will provide only limited protection for most children. 

ORIGINAL STORY - Face masks will be distributed again in Lompoc Monday as smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire is now significantly affecting the area.

Sunday morning, people in San Luis Obispo County were also waking up to dark, smoke-filled skies.

For the last few days, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Direct Relief have been distributing N95 masks in the southern portion of the county, but masks Sunday were also provided by the health department to the Lompoc City Fire Department.

CERT members distributed the masks at Home Depot starting at 2:30 p.m. and just a few hours later, said more than 7,000 had already been handed out. They were expected to continue distribution until 8:00 p.m. 

Distribution Monday was said to be taking place from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

People of all ages - some from Lompoc, some fire evacuees - were stopping by Sunday to pick up a mask. 

They told KSBY the smoke and air in Lompoc was just as bad as it was in Santa Barbara and the surrounding communities. 

N95 masks are not made for children but do offer some protection from fine particles in smoke that ordinary or surgical masks do not offer. 

Plans for mask distributions in San Luis Obispo County have not been announced. Health officials say the smoke particles in SLO County are not a health risk at this time.

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