California Fire Causes Air Quality Advisory in So. Nevada - 8 News NOW

Tedd Florendo, Reporter

California Fire Causes Air Quality Advisory in So. Nevada

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The Zaca wildfire burning in Southern California. The Zaca wildfire burning in Southern California.
Smoke from that fire is now being blown into the valley. Smoke from that fire is now being blown into the valley.

A wildfire that's been burning for a month in California is now affecting the Las Vegas Valley.

The Zaca fire has destroyed more than 63,000 acres since it started on July 4th. The fire, burning near Buellton, is nearly 70-percent contained but full containment isn't expected until September.

Smoke from that fire is now being blown into the valley. That smoke has completely enveloped the Spring Mountains. 

On the west side of the Mountains it's even worse. Eyewitness News traveled to Pahrump Monday where the smell of smoke permeated the air.

Clark County officials have issued an air quality advisory through Wednesday because the smoke could affect people with respiratory problems.

Clara Cook from Pahrump has asthma. She's a little worried because she claims she hasn't seen smoke this bad in years.

"It's hard to breath. It's hard to catch your breath. You don't want to go into a full asthma attack so you use your inhaler. And you don't come outside very much so you don't breath it in," Clara Cook said. 

Air quality officials forecast the smoke won't be going away anytime soon. They recommend that people with any respiratory problems should limit the amount of time spent outdoors -- skip out on the yard work, jogging, and anything outdoors even in the evening.

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