Trust yourself one. Trust me two.
If you see gray/black soot in the air stay indoors, preferably with oxygenating plants and a good air purifier. And even if you're healthy don't exercise outdoors.
Avoid using leaf blowers in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties, which will blow settled soot back into the air.
I don't know what's up with the LA Times and South Coast Air Quality Management (SCAQMD) forecast.
As Santa Barbara fires continue to burn brush and homes, the LA Times posted SCAQMD's air quality forecast for Santa Barbara's air today as GOOD.
Typo or ?
Santa Barbara got a green circle, while the rest of us got yellow, which makes me wonder are air quality measurements printed willy nilly.
So often the truth about what's in our air doesn't get out to the public. What if an asthmatic really needs to know the truth? In today's case, everyone who lives near Santa Barbara knows the air is filthy.
Page one LA Times May 9, 2009: In Santa Barbara fire zone, 'everybody's affected now'. Page 19, ' A raging line of flames and smoke'.
According to Santa Barbara pollution control agency, today's air quality rating went from a warning to a watch.
They recommend if you experience wheezing, chest tightness or a persistent cough to seek medical attention. You can read more here.
Above photo is day one Santa Barbara fires as seen at Santa Monica beach where winds blew fine particulates to L.A.
Here's another smog photo in Los Angeles I took on a day when the paper said good air quality:
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