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Smoke, ash affecting Central Coast as wildfires burn across state

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Sep 08, 2020

Wildfire smoke and ash are expected to continue affecting air quality on the Central Coast over at least the next few days.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD), San Luis Obispo County can expect hazy skies and higher than normal concentrations of fine particulates and ozone until many of the large fires burning across the state are extinguished.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in all areas of San Luis Obispo County was in the Moderate zone on Tuesday and expected to stay that way through Friday for most areas.

Santa Barbara County was also in the Moderate AQI zone on Tuesday.

If you smell smoke or see ash falling, APCD suggests the following actions:

  • Go inside and stay inside, if possible
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity
  • Close all windows and doors that lead outside to prevent bringing additional smoke inside

Officials suggest you wait until conditions improve to clean up ash. When you do, use a damp cloth and spray areas lightly with water, take your vehicle to a car wash, and wash off toys that have been outside. Do not use leaf blowers.

For the latest air quality in San Luis Obispo, click here.

For the latest air quality in Santa Barbara County, click here.

To track the air quality across the state, check out the EPA's Fire and Smoke Map.