Smoke From La Tuna Fire Creating Poor Air Conditions In Surrounding Area

The massive fire burning in Sun Valley has reached over 5,000 acres and the smoke and flames are visible for miles around the burning site. As a result, the air quality in the surrounding valley and mountain areas is severely compromised. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, air quality is unhealthy in portions of the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, San Gabriel Mountains, and Glendale area.

Officials recommend avoiding physical activity and outdoor exposure, according to City News Service. This includes pets—if your dog or cat is having trouble breathing, take them to an animal hospital immediately. The air quality will also be particularly dangerous for children, senior citizens, and adults with respiratory disease, according to the L.A. Times.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has released a smoke advisory in response to the fire. The officials urge people in the smoky areas to keep windows and doors closed, run the air conditioner continuously, and avoiding the use of swamp coolers and whole house fans.