Photos: Yellow Skies And Murky Road Conditions In Angeles Foothills
An unsettling yellow-brown fog has steadily crept over L.A.'s skies this week, banketing the city in a smoky haze, as wildfires continue to burn across the state.
Apocalyptic hues and falling ash are most visible in the neighborhoods dotting the foothills of Angeles National Forest. Those areas are dangerously close to the Bobcat Fire, which has been burning for six days, expanding to 26,368 acres as of late Friday afternoon.
The fire is now inside the city limits of Monrovia, and multiple areas are under evacuation orders.
Smoke advisories have been extended through Saturday Sept. 12. According to the AQMD, local air quality is also being impacted by the major fires burning in Central and Northern California. The smoke from the Bobcat and El Dorado fires is visible on satelitte imagery, and smoke from all of California's fires has apparently reached as far as Europe.
Clouds of ash and thick smoke are impacting visiblity on nearby roads and highways, and can have serious health affects.
Exposure to smoke can cause scratchy throats, headaches, chest tightness, and eye irritation in even the healthiest people.
Fire-impacted air can also inflame already existing conditions like allergies, ashtma, and inflamatory lung diseases like COPD.
Perhaps most distrurbing is the possiblity that smoke from the wildfires could be especially dangerous to those recovering from COVID-19, as well as pregnant women, seniors and children.
"These are not just inert particles," Dr. Zab Mosenifar, a lung specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, told KPCC/LAist. "These particles are sulphur dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone (trioxygen) -- these are very, very bad players."
Dr. Mosenifar says he's seen a significant increase in calls from his patients since the fires began.
Experts say if you see or smell smoke, you should stay inside, run your air conditioning (if you're one of the lucky ones who has it), and avoid exercising.
LAist photographer Chava Sanchez has spent the last two days in the San Gabriel foothills.
Here's what he saw.
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