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Santa Barbara County issued air quality warning

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Posted at 8:06 PM, Aug 19, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has issued an air quality warning for Santa Barbara County on Aug. 19.

This decision comes due to the smoke from wildfires throughout the state, as well as the fire in Monterey County, affecting the air quality, according to the press release.

The release also said that because of the high temperatures and stagnant air conditions, there are increased ozone levels in regions of the county.

Conditions for the county can be viewed here.

Officials said the best way to protect yourself is to stay indoors as much as possible when smoke is present.

Cloth face coverings for COVID-19 do not protect you from wildfire smoke; however, N-95 masks offer better protection, according to the release.