IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Smoky air is lingering over a large swath of Southern California as firefighters aided by calmer weather increase containment of two large blazes that forced widespread evacuations.
A smoke advisory was issued following the two fires in Orange County's hillsides.
On Thursday, air quality remained unhealthy for sensitive groups across much of Orange and southern Los Angeles counties.
The fires prompted the evacuation of about 100,000 residents. Many were allowed to return home Wednesday after powerful winds subsided.
The Silverado Fire was 40% contained near Irvine, south of Los Angeles. Just to the north, the Blue Ridge Fire near Yorba Linda was 30% contained.